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Because it's that time of the year again and they've been much on my mind this weekend.
I picked up a broom and went spider hunting with a plastic cup in my son's room, because he's not big into bugs and for some reason a dozen smaller spiders were crawling all over the room. they looked a bit more adult so I can't say they were a nest of baby spiders, but I'm not sure why they decided to all at once come into the room.
They're a bit smaller than a cross spider, but had like similar legs. They're butt part was brownih coloured, but with a pale marking or something. They did have a huge pair of balls in front of their face.
At any rate. so this morning I went to take a bath and saw this little glue spitter dwelling into the tub. So I did the kind thing and picked up a plastic container, previously used for soup and manage the scoop the creature into it. I went outside the room and put it up to the wall so it can just crawl onwards on the wall.
I thought let me grab my camera on my phone and see what Google snap has to say about it. I sometimes doubt what it can come up with, because according to the app, I was having huntsman spiders or brown recluses in my house some time before. But it confirmed the glue spitter this time and I went for the absent minded information surfing.
The poor thing went down to near the floor, where it suddenly became spider food as it was cornered by a small cellar spider living at the bottom of the wall.
I briefly thought of saving it, but figured it wouldn't be fair towards the cellar spider that I wasted its opportunity to catch a good meal. (cellar spiders are apparently fairly useful to keep hobo spider and house spider populations in check)
It was kind of sad to see that glue spitter that I kind of saved from myself getting its life ended shortly afterwards anyway.
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i have been trying to keep most of the spiders in my room again this year, but i cannot find too many!
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I wonder, do you really fzzl comfortable sleeping in a room that has lots of spiders?
I was thinking about that in my sons room. While I'm hardened somewhat against smaller spiders, having a windowspace for example covered in webbings and seeing a dozen spiders crawling away when I open the curtains would make me feel uncomfortable.
For larger spiders, I definitely want to trap them and keep them outside, if I'm even brave enough for that.
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I think 2012 was the year I spent time observing a house spider make a pretty large web in front of the door in the living room and how it spent its time. Until my ex vacuumed it away.
There was also the shock of knowing a web was lived in by a smaller spider to find a big spider occupying the web later. I'd think the little spider grew up all at once, but the next day the little spider was back.
It was weird. I did not like the spiders I saw in that house. Too scary.
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Now, do you give the spiders pet names when you observe them like that?
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I don't think so.
I do occasional talk to them.
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awww a bee!! i lov ebees>>1054852
i am still a little scared of spiders, but i recognize some species now and know if they are okay to keep
i like to keep the good running ones under my bed>>1054855
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I've met people who form that kind of relationship with ducks and cats but never with spiders (or bugs or insects, generally). That is a sign of a sympathetic nature, if you don't mind my saying so.
Although I have met people who feel some kind of responsibility when it comes to disposing spider webs. >>1054858
An important cultural reference point!
I wonder how webby your room is and, well, speculating on you your room must be kept pretty tidy overall, so it's not going to be a mess where you prod something and a dozen spiders come run out.>>1054859
I did some time ago picked up a mosquito between my fingers and released it outside.
It all depends on my mood and I want to set some rules. Some spider can get a pass.
Glue spitters are okay to run around where they want. Cellar spiders can set up shop in corners as long as they don't want to run and build webs on places I need to frequent often. Like storage spaces that I need to grab stuff from. And floor webs just puts them in danger when I'm cleaning stuff.
I have tiny black spiders in small webs that usually can stay when they're kept out of the way.
I don't mind marpissa, they're maybe the cutest of the bunch.
Larger wandering spiders like wolfspiders and house spiders better don't show themselves, because I'll catch them and put them outside. if I'm brave enough to make the effort.
Cross spiders this season usually stay outside, and I'm fine with that. They do tend to pick unfavourable places to build a web and I'm merciless on destroying their web when they do so.
Like today, a cross spider built a huge web attached to my roll out lean-to. Impressive and a big web spanning a section of my patio. But that thing needs to be closed in the evening and when rain's about.
There's also one with a web near my green bin that I have been bullying enough by opening and closing the bin, that it though of threatening me when I come near the bin.
For all kinds of bugs it depends on my mood and how much I want to put up with things today.
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That's sweet. It's good sensibility, think.
See, I'm used to firing rockets at friendly-looking spiders.>>1054862
That's a lot to keep track of! You've got a world of little friends.
I don't think too much about it--they just need to stay out of the pantry.
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Well, in the end it's not like...
Can you feed spiders food from your fridge?>>1054863
Hmm, since honey is bee puke, would bees make for a sweet afternoon treat towards spiders?
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They'd better put their name on it, or else I can't promise it won't disappear.
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That's quite a story. Even though the one you saved ended up getting eaten, at least you basically fed the other one.
I love spiders, but we don't really tend to get them that often. We had a black widow once or twice when we first moved in, in the garage, but since then we haven't seen any.
There were a couple in the bathroom over the years, just little ones I'm not sure the species of, but they disappear as quickly as they show up.
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I wanted to make some comment about them webbing the food to tage them as their own.
A spider fact: spiders tend to eat their own web as it provides a spare bit of provison as well.
However, cellar spiders are known to skip the web eating. So abandonned messy webbing left around your room is likely due to the cellar spiders.
The web of a house spider is usually a protruding covering leading to a hole in the wall. They're pretty close to trapdoor spiders.
Though the large monsters you'll see around the house are usually the wandering males looking to score some booty.>>1054873
I find it strange to think there's people not encountering spiders as much.
Does having black widows around feel uncomfortable?
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Not really, no. They usually hide in places that people don't normally go, like out in the corners of the garage or in cupboards people barely ever go into.
It's not really a big concern for me and they're not really that aggressive if you don't mess with them. It's still important to either kill or remove them from the house whenever you see them, because they CAN be an issues, especially if they lay eggs, but generally it's not something I really worry too much about.
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we sometimes get recluse spiders in New York! i once almost sat on a black widow too, that had spun a web around a latrine seat while iw as camping!
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oh yeah, the dreaded loo-spider
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Today I accidentally killed/doomed a house spider.
It snuck into the frame of the front door, where they like to reside apparently.
I grabbed a broom to chase it outside and then I swept to get it to move away from the house, when I tried to run back.
I swept it, but apparently hit it too hard so it became a spastic paraplegic mess.
I think it's ironically food for the ants now.
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Today I caught my first house spider of the year. It somehow had only 6 legs though.
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A hauntingly huge hairy ant!
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The spidr at the green bin has become a regular for the past month.
It's a fatty cross spider that takes advantage of the fruitflies coming for the compost.
Every 2 weeks, garbage day comes along, so I have to destroy the web and roll out the bin. So that sucks for the creature, but she's not been discouraged from recreating the large web every time I roll back the bin yet.
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I saw something similar to the left one (and just as tiny) on the coffee pot earlier. Just wondering around and being...weirdly cute. I don't usually find any house spiders cute, but my goodness that one was.
That tall face means its a jumping spider. They hunt actively and they jump super fast!
Super friendly fun spiders.
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Cant find my giant spider pic, but i did find this pic of where we've been gathering rocks that have fallen onto the roadway. From outcroppings just uphill of this glacial cut.
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The spider pic just hapnd. I'll necro this thred til the spiders stop coming
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the thread is for spiders
saved the green bin spider some effort and skipped garbage day. there's not a lot of greens trash anyways for now.
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Today for the first time in my life, I caught a woodlouse spider trying to sneak into my house.
Trapped it in a broom and put it outside again.
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I brought home a stack of wood and actually left a big black widow behind.
I have plenty and this one charged me so i drew the line. Maybe it wanted rescue, or to eat me. I dint get a pick for you, Pixie.
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they scare me so I kill em on sight. Call me a monster, whatever