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2012-06-07 02:25:27 PM
They feed on blood from vertebrates, by eating mosquitoes after the mosquitoes have fed.
 
2012-06-07 02:27:33 PM
Spider thread
spider thread
Does whatever a spider thread can
Gives me the heebie-jeebies,
Any time
Scares newbies
As much as TFers
Look out, here comes the spider threeeeeead...



/bails
 
2012-06-07 02:27:43 PM
Thank god I'm invertebrate.
 
2012-06-07 02:43:26 PM
lh4.googleusercontent.com
 
2012-06-07 03:17:25 PM
Dear Mother Nature,

This was uncalled for.

Regards,
Saborlas
 
2012-06-07 03:27:17 PM
Dammit! I'm trying to avoid spoilers for enemies in Dawnguard!
 
2012-06-07 03:54:34 PM
Alot of "engorged" in that article.

At times I was wondering if I were reading from Penthouse Forum.
 
2012-06-07 03:58:53 PM
The enemy of our enemy is our friend.

Go ahead and get your suck on,mi Evarcha.
 
2012-06-07 04:11:45 PM
Yay spider thread!

encrypted-tbn1.google.com
 
2012-06-07 04:19:38 PM
lh3.googleusercontent.com

Spiders in my house and I have a deal. They get the fireflies and the bugs, they get free rein to make webs in the corners. It works, and I respect their contribution to the house. I demand that they work for their keep...
 
2012-06-07 04:34:25 PM

hubiestubert: [lh3.googleusercontent.com image 310x293]

Spiders in my house and I have a deal. They get the fireflies and the bugs, they get free rein to make webs in the corners. It works, and I respect their contribution to the house. I demand that they work for their keep...


I live on the ground floor of a 60 year old old apartment building, so I run a spider taxi service from the bathroom to the patio. Girlfriend finds a spider, I ferry it outside and go clean up the ant corpses it left in the corner.

The house centipedes get shot with rubber bands though. Creepy bastards.
 
2012-06-07 04:43:20 PM
Jubeebee--To be fair, centipedes are minions of the 10,000 Hells...
 
2012-06-07 05:05:53 PM
FTA:
Research reveals vampire jumping spiders identify their prey by their antennae and by the puddle of fear urine under anyone who hears the name 'vampire jumping spiders'

Okay, maybe not, but it should have been in the article.
 
2012-06-07 05:58:12 PM
hubiestubert: Jubeebee--To be fair, centipedes are minions of the 10,000 Hells...

Watch a vid of a giant centepede eating a tarantula or a scorpion. You will think 2 girls 1 cup and the BME pain olympics are for pussies afterwords
 
2012-06-07 05:58:50 PM
My roommates girlfriend is deathly afraid of spiders. I'm already planning my evil practical jokes when she visits.
 
2012-06-07 06:00:19 PM
Jumping spiders are my favorite spiders, so furry, cute, and smiley.
 
2012-06-07 06:00:23 PM

ShawnDoc: They feed on blood from vertebrates, by eating mosquitoes after the mosquitoes have fed.


Just wait until they learn to cut out the middle-man.
 
2012-06-07 06:00:31 PM
Oh. They eat mosquitoes. Spiders are scary, but so are heartworms, malaria, and West Nile. Can we be friends, skeeter-eating spider?
 
2012-06-07 06:00:38 PM
Vampire spiders

They used model "Frankenstein mosquitoes"


I think we have SyFy's next movie of the week right there.
 
2012-06-07 06:01:42 PM
Obvious name: Morbius.
www.samruby.com
 
2012-06-07 06:04:21 PM
Squishing hammer powered by vertebrate arm. Have a nice day, spider.
 
2012-06-07 06:05:10 PM
My roommates girlfriend is deathly afraid of spiders. I'm already planning my evil practical jokes when she visits.

Say goodbye to THAT relationship.

Seriously- my wife LOSES HER MIND at even the mention of the word "spider". If I tried that practical joke shiat, it'd be Divorceville.

Careful with that crap.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-06-07 06:05:15 PM
I'm safe as long as I'm wearing feathery antennae.
 
2012-06-07 06:07:37 PM
The good news is that since the industrial revolution, my kind have been better able to survive now that the buildings are covered in soot.
 
2012-06-07 06:08:42 PM

Oldiron_79: hubiestubert: Jubeebee--To be fair, centipedes are minions of the 10,000 Hells...

Watch a vid of a giant centepede eating a tarantula or a scorpion. You will think 2 girls 1 cup and the BME pain olympics are for pussies afterwords


I've seen videos of them eating mice and bats.
 
dls
2012-06-07 06:08:50 PM
The scientists were able to test their theory that antennae shape is an important factor in spider meal choice by using a mixture of male and female body parts to create hybrid mosquitoes.

Anyone else concerned about hybrid mosquitoes?

/ Bad dreams, I has them
 
2012-06-07 06:09:28 PM
So really we're just a few evolutionary steps away from these things feeding directly from mammals....
 
2012-06-07 06:10:53 PM

darch: My roommates girlfriend is deathly afraid of spiders. I'm already planning my evil practical jokes when she visits.

Say goodbye to THAT relationship.

Seriously- my wife LOSES HER MIND at even the mention of the word "spider". If I tried that practical joke shiat, it'd be Divorceville.

Careful with that crap.


My mom has always been deathly afraid of spiders. When I was in first or second grade, I bought a rubber tarantula at a fair in Southern California, and my mom -- knowing my sense of humor even as a young child -- took it as soon as I got home, and put it way out of reach.

Unfortunately, she put it at the top of a tall bookcase, and a few weeks later she wanted to get a book on the top shelf. I'm sure you can guess the rest. The rubber spider fell on the floor at her feet, and she let out a scream you could hear all the way through the house.

I'm not sure what happened to my rubber spider after that. :)
 
2012-06-07 06:11:19 PM
"One vertebrate! Ah, ah, ah!" *thunder crash*

resources3.news.com.au
 
2012-06-07 06:12:12 PM
img25.imageshack.us
 
2012-06-07 06:12:48 PM
Did somebody say spider thread?

i46.tinypic.com
 
2012-06-07 06:12:59 PM

Cubicle Jockey: Oldiron_79: hubiestubert: Jubeebee--To be fair, centipedes are minions of the 10,000 Hells...

Watch a vid of a giant centepede eating a tarantula or a scorpion. You will think 2 girls 1 cup and the BME pain olympics are for pussies afterwords

I've seen videos of them eating mice and bats.


My favorite was the one where he was eating a snake. A FARKING SNAKE!!!! Talk about nightmare fuel.
 
2012-06-07 06:13:38 PM

Jubeebee: Yay spider thread!

[encrypted-tbn1.google.com image 279x181]


cute in pics.. scary in real life

thank god i live where the only dangerous spider is Black Widow
 
2012-06-07 06:16:24 PM

imgod2u: So really we're just a few evolutionary steps away from these things feeding directly from mammals....


Forget about all that genetic engineering whoosafudge. If you want to combine a jumping vampire spider and a mosquito, just get them to make sweeet love.
 
2012-06-07 06:18:14 PM
StoPPeRmobile: imgod2u: So really we're just a few evolutionary steps away from these things feeding directly from mammals....

Forget about all that genetic engineering whoosafudge. If you want to combine a jumping vampire spider and a mosquito, just get them to make sweeet love.


Low orbit Ion Cannon, Its the only way to be sure
 
2012-06-07 06:18:34 PM
FTA:
"The spiders preferred an intact blood-engorged female corpse over anything else..."

It seems like they are aren't so different from us after all.
 
2012-06-07 06:20:12 PM
I'm not sure what happened to my rubber spider after that. :)

I'm fairly certain that that f***er met its fate in the family hearth.
 
2012-06-07 06:25:36 PM
diablo3tips.com

Seen fleeing from the vicinity
 
2012-06-07 06:34:51 PM
FTFA:

"However, when making a choice between a Frankenstein female (female head and thorax of one fused to the blood-engorged abdomen of another female) and a hybrid with a male head and thorax on a blood-engorged female abdomen, the spiders usually selected the hybrid with female antennae, even though both have large, red abdomens filled with blood."

Disgusting.
 
2012-06-07 06:35:23 PM
GETITOFFMEGETITOFFMEGETITOFFME
 
2012-06-07 06:37:19 PM
i341.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-07 06:42:16 PM
I knew an arachnid researcher back in my heady days of toxicology reserach. He had been doing research on Salticidae and was kind enough to inform me that members of Salticidae were proven to have the similar intelligence to dogs. These spiders can solve problems. Sweet dreams!
 
2012-06-07 06:45:06 PM

dls: The scientists were able to test their theory that antennae shape is an important factor in spider meal choice by using a mixture of male and female body parts to create hybrid mosquitoes.

Anyone else concerned about hybrid mosquitoes?

/ Bad dreams, I has them


Thought you meant the spiders do that, Dr Frankenspider etc. You made me RTA to get that out of my mind.

/Bad dreams, you gives me worse
 
2012-06-07 06:46:43 PM
Strix occidentalis:

Oh. They eat mosquitoes. Spiders are scary, but so are heartworms, malaria, and West Nile. Can we be friends, skeeter-eating spider?

The problem with these spiders is they only eat mosquitos AFTER they've bitten you and perhaps given you a terrible disease.

What spiders get them before they bite? And how do I encourage them?
 
2012-06-07 06:52:03 PM
nursemt719: I knew an arachnid researcher back in my heady days of toxicology reserach. He had been doing research on Salticidae and was kind enough to inform me that members of Salticidae were proven to have the similar intelligence to dogs. These spiders can solve problems. Sweet dreams!

I feel a little bad about killing them with fire now.
 
2012-06-07 06:53:02 PM
Hey, look buddy. I'm a Salticidae . That means I solve problems. Not problems like, "What is beauty?," because that would fall within the purview of your conundrums of 'philosophy'. I solve practical problems.

upload.wikimedia.org

F'r instance, how am I gonna get some tasty tasty blood out off some big, mean Mother Hubbard without him tearing me a structurally superfluous new behind?

The answer, eat a mosquito. And if that don't work? Use a gun. Like this heavy caliber tripod mounted little old number designed by me, built by me, and you best hope... not pointed at you.
 
2012-06-07 06:53:56 PM

Oldiron_79: nursemt719: I knew an arachnid researcher back in my heady days of toxicology reserach. He had been doing research on Salticidae and was kind enough to inform me that members of Salticidae were proven to have the similar intelligence to dogs. These spiders can solve problems. Sweet dreams!

I feel a little bad about killing them with fire now.


Why? We have plenty of dogs.
 
2012-06-07 06:54:43 PM

fusillade762: Vampire spiders

They used model "Frankenstein mosquitoes"

I think we have SyFy's next movie of the week right there.


Not to mention the sequel:

FRANKENSQUITO vs DRACUTARANTULA!
 
2012-06-07 06:56:21 PM
Jumping bags of fang and HIV infected blood? Sweet!
 
2012-06-07 06:59:40 PM
Can we get a verdict on the barking spider?

/much more deadly
 
2012-06-07 07:00:50 PM
Blood sucking spiders?

HOUSE BAERNE APPROOVES!

/hopefully not obscure
 
2012-06-07 07:01:19 PM
I was RTFA when I got to thinking: Did we find a cure for cancer? Is that why scientists are researching this?
 
2012-06-07 07:01:57 PM
I lived in Saudi Arabia for 18 months as a kid, and I have woken up with a camel spider on my pillow under my ear. My mom once had a patient whose eyelids were eaten off by said atrocity. So. Gross.

/CSS
//I know they aren't real spiders.
 
2012-06-07 07:03:11 PM

Sticky Hands: Jumping spiders are my favorite spiders, so furry, cute, and smiley.


I hate you so much right now.
 
2012-06-07 07:04:36 PM
img826.imageshack.us
 
2012-06-07 07:05:21 PM

Apos: FRANKENSQUITO vs DRACUTARANTULA!


Please don't give Asylum ideas. Those assholes are bad enough with their own.
 
2012-06-07 07:08:40 PM

The First Four Black Sabbath Albums: I was RTFA when I got to thinking: Did we find a cure for cancer? Is that why scientists are researching this?


I'm pretty sure that malaria kills more people than cancer. Anything that keeps down the number of mosquitoes, particularly females since they are the ones that carry and transmit Plasmodium, is a good thing.
 
2012-06-07 07:09:16 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-06-07 07:10:50 PM

OgreMagi: My roommates girlfriend is deathly afraid of spiders. I'm already planning my evil practical jokes when she visits.


Be very careful with that. You could seriously scar her, even worse than she already is. Mental trauma is a pretty big farking deal. For her safety, start as small as possible. Or better yet, not at all.

/not scared of anything irrationally, but I understand it knowing people who are

Jubeebee: hubiestubert: [lh3.googleusercontent.com image 310x293]

Spiders in my house and I have a deal. They get the fireflies and the bugs, they get free rein to make webs in the corners. It works, and I respect their contribution to the house. I demand that they work for their keep...

I live on the ground floor of a 60 year old old apartment building, so I run a spider taxi service from the bathroom to the patio. Girlfriend finds a spider, I ferry it outside and go clean up the ant corpses it left in the corner.

The house centipedes get shot with rubber bands though. Creepy bastards.


Unfortunately, they're like spiders. They eat the other creepy crawlies, so as long as you have the spiders you'll likely have them. Best thing to do is to try to get rid of the food bugs you can, the ants and silverfish and such. Clean out any crawlspaces or any access hatches you have access to as well.
 
2012-06-07 07:12:33 PM
Snarfangel: Oldiron_79: nursemt719: I knew an arachnid researcher back in my heady days of toxicology reserach. He had been doing research on Salticidae and was kind enough to inform me that members of Salticidae were proven to have the similar intelligence to dogs. These spiders can solve problems. Sweet dreams!

I feel a little bad about killing them with fire now.

Why? We have plenty of dogs.


/golfclap
 
2012-06-07 07:16:19 PM
COME AT ME, BRO!
 
2012-06-07 07:31:45 PM

This text is now purple: Apos: FRANKENSQUITO vs DRACUTARANTULA!

Please don't give Asylum ideas. Those assholes are bad enough with their own.




Heh...So true.
 
2012-06-07 07:42:45 PM

ShawnDoc: They feed on blood from vertebrates, by eating mosquitoes after the mosquitoes have fed.


WHO CARES THEY'RE SPIDERS! KILL THEM ALL!
 
2012-06-07 07:53:44 PM

Amos Quito: COME AT ME, BRO!


Win
 
2012-06-07 07:55:58 PM

Apos: fusillade762: Vampire spiders

They used model "Frankenstein mosquitoes"

I think we have SyFy's next movie of the week right there.

Not to mention the sequel:

FRANKENSQUITO vs DRACUTARANTULA!


Draculantula.
 
2012-06-07 07:57:20 PM
i1252.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-07 08:00:24 PM

DeltaPunch: Thank god I'm invertebrate.


You're not invertebrate. You're just spineless.
 
2012-06-07 08:03:27 PM

DORMAMU: Blood sucking spiders?

HOUSE BAERNE APPROOVES!

/hopefully not obscure


Something something something, Drow;

something something something, Lolith

/ the demon queen of spiders sees what you did there.
 
2012-06-07 08:03:49 PM

OgreMagi: My roommates girlfriend is deathly afraid of spiders. I'm already planning my evil practical jokes when she visits.


Maybe you should get over your jealousy issues of your roommate having a girlfriend.

/NTTAWWT
 
2012-06-07 08:06:05 PM

hubiestubert: [lh3.googleusercontent.com image 310x293]

Spiders in my house and I have a deal. They get the fireflies and the bugs, they get free rein to make webs in the corners. It works, and I respect their contribution to the house. I demand that they work for their keep...


Agreed. Spiders in my house are welcome. Kind of a self fulfilling pest control. They eat all the smaller buggers. Once those are gone, they move on to each other.
 
2012-06-07 08:26:43 PM
We get these huge black jumping spiders that live on and around the wind turbines I work on, and they are the coolest spiders ever. They hunt down and kill all of the wasps that like to nest in the metal railing of the stairs that go into the turbine along with any other terrible insect in the area. They also like to follow us into the tower to watch us work on the converter system at the base of the tower, really curious little guys.
 
2012-06-07 08:33:15 PM

lousyskater: We get these huge black jumping spiders that live on and around the wind turbines I work on, and they are the coolest spiders ever. They hunt down and kill all of the wasps that like to nest in the metal railing of the stairs that go into the turbine along with any other terrible insect in the area. They also like to follow us into the tower to watch us work on the converter system at the base of the tower, really curious little guys.


Just FYI? They're not watching you work. They're biding their time, waiting for an opportunity to strike.

One day, when your back is turned, they'll pounce.

You were warned.
 
2012-06-07 08:43:58 PM
Oh yeah, these guys get this -

i4.ytimg.com

Snake Loads - They're what you want
 
2012-06-07 08:47:44 PM

toraque: lousyskater: We get these huge black jumping spiders that live on and around the wind turbines I work on, and they are the coolest spiders ever. They hunt down and kill all of the wasps that like to nest in the metal railing of the stairs that go into the turbine along with any other terrible insect in the area. They also like to follow us into the tower to watch us work on the converter system at the base of the tower, really curious little guys.

Just FYI? They're not watching you work. They're biding their time, waiting for an opportunity to strike.

One day, when your back is turned, they'll pounce.

You were warned.


They're getting bigger, eating all those wasps. Plus, there's probably some kind of radioactivity generated by wind turbines we're not aware of yet and won't be until those spiders become the size of German shepherds and the relief shift of workers comes in wondering where the night crew is and why there are all these crunchy dried husks underfoot and then WHAM, next thing we know the National Guard will be cordoning off entire towns and air strikes will be getting called in on desert communities from here to Palm Springs.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-06-07 08:50:46 PM
Gyrfalcon

I want to be bitten by a radioactive spider.
 
2012-06-07 08:55:19 PM
Something something something, Drow;

something something something, Lolith

/ the demon queen of spiders sees what you did there.



Wasn't it Lloth the Spider Queen, and House Baenre?
 
2012-06-07 09:03:33 PM

fusillade762: Vampire spiders

They used model "Frankenstein mosquitoes"

I think we have SyFy's next movie of the week right there.


"Frankenskeeter"
 
2012-06-07 09:10:04 PM

Cyno01:


Awesome.
 
2012-06-07 09:40:21 PM
DORMAMU: Blood sucking spiders?

HOUSE BAERNE APPROOVES!

/hopefully not obscure


Not hardly. Lloth approves of House Baerne's approval. I think one of my happiest days was when my son finished the last of the War of the Spider Queen series when he was twelve. The fact that he's starting college at age 15 is a far, far second. Mom's a huge Salvatore fan from waaaaay back.

On a happy note: one of my dear grad school friends is petrified of spiders, so of course this shiat is going on her Facebook wall. At about 3am. So it will be the first thing she sees tomorrow morning. I would try to get her husband to surreptitiously film her reaction, but as was mentioned earlier, Divorceville and all...
 
2012-06-07 10:12:54 PM

Gyrfalcon: toraque: lousyskater: We get these huge black jumping spiders that live on and around the wind turbines I work on, and they are the coolest spiders ever. They hunt down and kill all of the wasps that like to nest in the metal railing of the stairs that go into the turbine along with any other terrible insect in the area. They also like to follow us into the tower to watch us work on the converter system at the base of the tower, really curious little guys.

Just FYI? They're not watching you work. They're biding their time, waiting for an opportunity to strike.

One day, when your back is turned, they'll pounce.

You were warned.

They're getting bigger, eating all those wasps. Plus, there's probably some kind of radioactivity generated by wind turbines we're not aware of yet and won't be until those spiders become the size of German shepherds and the relief shift of workers comes in wondering where the night crew is and why there are all these crunchy dried husks underfoot and then WHAM, next thing we know the National Guard will be cordoning off entire towns and air strikes will be getting called in on desert communities from here to Palm Springs.


Grow a spine, you wuss.
 
2012-06-07 10:17:46 PM
Don't these spider threads usually have moar cool pictures?
 
2012-06-07 10:21:40 PM

Keizer_Ghidorah: Gyrfalcon: toraque: lousyskater: We get these huge black jumping spiders that live on and around the wind turbines I work on, and they are the coolest spiders ever. They hunt down and kill all of the wasps that like to nest in the metal railing of the stairs that go into the turbine along with any other terrible insect in the area. They also like to follow us into the tower to watch us work on the converter system at the base of the tower, really curious little guys.

Just FYI? They're not watching you work. They're biding their time, waiting for an opportunity to strike.

One day, when your back is turned, they'll pounce.

You were warned.

They're getting bigger, eating all those wasps. Plus, there's probably some kind of radioactivity generated by wind turbines we're not aware of yet and won't be until those spiders become the size of German shepherds and the relief shift of workers comes in wondering where the night crew is and why there are all these crunchy dried husks underfoot and then WHAM, next thing we know the National Guard will be cordoning off entire towns and air strikes will be getting called in on desert communities from here to Palm Springs.

Grow a spine, you wuss.


No way, I'm getting ready for when the invertebrates take over the world.
 
2012-06-07 10:25:39 PM

Gyrfalcon: Keizer_Ghidorah: Gyrfalcon: toraque: lousyskater: We get these huge black jumping spiders that live on and around the wind turbines I work on, and they are the coolest spiders ever. They hunt down and kill all of the wasps that like to nest in the metal railing of the stairs that go into the turbine along with any other terrible insect in the area. They also like to follow us into the tower to watch us work on the converter system at the base of the tower, really curious little guys.

Just FYI? They're not watching you work. They're biding their time, waiting for an opportunity to strike.

One day, when your back is turned, they'll pounce.

You were warned.

They're getting bigger, eating all those wasps. Plus, there's probably some kind of radioactivity generated by wind turbines we're not aware of yet and won't be until those spiders become the size of German shepherds and the relief shift of workers comes in wondering where the night crew is and why there are all these crunchy dried husks underfoot and then WHAM, next thing we know the National Guard will be cordoning off entire towns and air strikes will be getting called in on desert communities from here to Palm Springs.

Grow a spine, you wuss.

No way, I'm getting ready for when the invertebrates take over the world.


I for one welcome our new jumping spider overlords.
 
2012-06-07 10:31:24 PM

SexiSadi: Don't these spider threads usually have moar cool pictures?


Hey, I started it off...
 
2012-06-07 10:33:28 PM

Sticky Hands: Hey, look buddy. I'm a Salticidae . That means I solve problems. Not problems like, "What is beauty?," because that would fall within the purview of your conundrums of 'philosophy'. I solve practical problems.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 250x163]

F'r instance, how am I gonna get some tasty tasty blood out off some big, mean Mother Hubbard without him tearing me a structurally superfluous new behind?

The answer, eat a mosquito. And if that don't work? Use a gun. Like this heavy caliber tripod mounted little old number designed by me, built by me, and you best hope... not pointed at you.


+1 Internet for stealing from Meet the Engineer.
 
2012-06-07 10:36:00 PM

Cubicle Jockey: Oldiron_79: hubiestubert: Jubeebee--To be fair, centipedes are minions of the 10,000 Hells...

Watch a vid of a giant centepede eating a tarantula or a scorpion. You will think 2 girls 1 cup and the BME pain olympics are for pussies afterwords

I've seen videos of them eating mice and bats.


When I kept tarantulas and scorpions, some of my bigger "babies" enjoyed mice from time to time.

/misses my creepy-crawlies
 
2012-06-07 10:42:04 PM
icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-06-07 10:43:29 PM
insidiousclothing.com
 
2012-06-07 10:45:32 PM
insidiousclothing.com
 
2012-06-07 11:01:26 PM

Keizer_Ghidorah: [insidiousclothing.com image 500x372]


Happy now? ;)
 
2012-06-07 11:08:58 PM
Subby might want to go back to school and try again.

Jubeebee: Yay spider thread!

[encrypted-tbn1.google.com image 279x181]


Damned if that's not one of the cutest spider photos I've ever seen.

OgreMagi: My roommates girlfriend is deathly afraid of spiders. I'm already planning my evil practical jokes when she visits.


Yeah, that should be hysterical. You might want to stick to bellybutton jokes.

Lt. Cheese Weasel: [img826.imageshack.us image 461x540]


D'aw! Who's got fuwwy widdle petipawps! You do! Yes, you!

lousyskater: We get these huge black jumping spiders that live on and around the wind turbines I work on, and they are the coolest spiders ever. They hunt down and kill all of the wasps that like to nest in the metal railing of the stairs that go into the turbine along with any other terrible insect in the area. They also like to follow us into the tower to watch us work on the converter system at the base of the tower, really curious little guys.


Man, I wish I had some of those around here. Farking hate wasps. I'll take spiders any day.

Our first indoor wasp of the season made a wrong turn after being inside only about a minute. Spider 1, Wasp 0.
 
2012-06-07 11:14:14 PM

Strix occidentalis: Oh. They eat mosquitoes. Spiders are scary, but so are heartworms, malaria, and West Nile. Can we be friends, skeeter-eating spider?


My god, these seem like the most awesome spiders in the history of EVAR and if I didn't think they'd become an invasive species and/or would go after the little bloodsucking shiats we have around here I'd import a mess of them RIGHT NAO:

a) Jumping spiders, which even get exemptions from spider-phobic relatives of mine from their "squash on sight" rules because they're just plain cute--they even get exemptions from "immediate eviction outside" in my case.

b) Jumping spiders generally resemble teeny-tiny Tachikomas whose Very Important Job is keeping the other creepy-crawlies out of the house, and they earn bonus points by resembling tiny and curious Tachikomas and thus being very small foci of awesome by extension.

c) Jumping spiders are pretty much entirely harmless to humans and mostly either run away from us or watch us very intently with their great big googly little spider eyes with the occasional tilt of the head and expression of "WTF r u doin?" Which I tend to think is neat :D

d) THE FARKING THINGS EAT MOSQUITOS. Not only is this Awesome and Win in malarious regions of the world, it's a Good Thing in my West Nile Virus-risky part of the world, seeing as I've had the living farking shiat eaten out of me by buzzing vampires just checking on the garden :P
 
2012-06-07 11:20:08 PM

nursemt719: I knew an arachnid researcher back in my heady days of toxicology reserach. He had been doing research on Salticidae and was kind enough to inform me that members of Salticidae were proven to have the similar intelligence to dogs. These spiders can solve problems. Sweet dreams!


This is not nightmare fuel to me, actually.

This merely confirms what I felt (that these fellows and gals were smart and actively interested in people)...and in a way makes me want to squee in glee at such a pitch that it splits the earth, because this even more makes me think "Ohgod tiny living Tachikomas omgomg WANT". :D

Then again, I'm also unreasonably find of salticids :D
 
2012-06-08 12:16:34 AM

dls: Anyone else concerned about hybrid mosquitoes?


It'll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night... mostly.
 
2012-06-08 01:24:47 AM
x Mogwai x: Cubicle Jockey: Oldiron_79: hubiestubert: Jubeebee--To be fair, centipedes are minions of the 10,000 Hells...

Watch a vid of a giant centepede eating a tarantula or a scorpion. You will think 2 girls 1 cup and the BME pain olympics are for pussies afterwords

I've seen videos of them eating mice and bats.

When I kept tarantulas and scorpions, some of my bigger "babies" enjoyed mice from time to time.

/misses my creepy-crawlies


well invertibrate fighting is taking the place of dog and/or cock fighting in some areas because well, with inverts its considered feeding the loser to the winner rather than fighting and thus legal.

Anyways scorpions pretty much always beat spiders but always lose to centipedes

Spiders always lose to scorpions and usually lose to centipedes, but sometimes beat centipedes

Centipedes always beat scorpions and usually beat spiders.

about the only exceptions to this are paticularly aggressive and/or venomous species.
 
2012-06-08 01:41:15 AM

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: Subby might want to go back to school and try again.

Jubeebee: Yay spider thread!

[encrypted-tbn1.google.com image 279x181]

Damned if that's not one of the cutest spider photos I've ever seen.

OgreMagi: My roommates girlfriend is deathly afraid of spiders. I'm already planning my evil practical jokes when she visits.

Yeah, that should be hysterical. You might want to stick to bellybutton jokes.


A-hahahahahahahahahahaha ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

That was Hysterical ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
 
2012-06-08 01:42:40 AM

Oldiron_79: x Mogwai x: Cubicle Jockey: Oldiron_79: hubiestubert: Jubeebee--To be fair, centipedes are minions of the 10,000 Hells...

Watch a vid of a giant centepede eating a tarantula or a scorpion. You will think 2 girls 1 cup and the BME pain olympics are for pussies afterwords

I've seen videos of them eating mice and bats.

When I kept tarantulas and scorpions, some of my bigger "babies" enjoyed mice from time to time.

/misses my creepy-crawlies

well invertibrate fighting is taking the place of dog and/or cock fighting in some areas because well, with inverts its considered feeding the loser to the winner rather than fighting and thus legal.

Anyways scorpions pretty much always beat spiders but always lose to centipedes

Spiders always lose to scorpions and usually lose to centipedes, but sometimes beat centipedes

Centipedes always beat scorpions and usually beat spiders.

about the only exceptions to this are paticularly aggressive and/or venomous species.


Needs more mantises and wind scorpions (whatever those technically are, I forget).
 
2012-06-08 02:16:24 AM

Torese: Something something something, Drow;

something something something, Lolith

/ the demon queen of spiders sees what you did there.



Wasn't it Lloth the Spider Queen, and House Baenre?


I think some books also used the spelling "Lolth", which just makes me think of a horrorterror spider goddess with a lisp sitting on the Internet all day laughing at cat macros.
 
2012-06-08 02:44:31 AM

hubiestubert: [lh3.googleusercontent.com image 310x293]

Spiders in my house and I have a deal. They get the fireflies and the bugs, they get free rein to make webs in the corners. It works, and I respect their contribution to the house. I demand that they work for their keep...


I have a similar arrangement. As long as they stay in the basement, dark unused areas, or the basement (which has all of those things), they can live. If I find them rapelling in front of my monitor or crawling on work surfaces, all bets are off. Also if they're dumb enough to come in range of the cats, good luck.

Be careful relating this deal though, some Farkers will say it's the 'stupidest thing I've ever read'.

/Forget that guy's name
//Because he's not worth remembering.
 
2012-06-08 05:38:19 AM

Great Porn Dragon: Strix occidentalis: Oh. They eat mosquitoes. Spiders are scary, but so are heartworms, malaria, and West Nile. Can we be friends, skeeter-eating spider?

My god, these seem like the most awesome spiders in the history of EVAR and if I didn't think they'd become an invasive species and/or would go after the little bloodsucking shiats we have around here I'd import a mess of them RIGHT NAO:

a) Jumping spiders, which even get exemptions from spider-phobic relatives of mine from their "squash on sight" rules because they're just plain cute--they even get exemptions from "immediate eviction outside" in my case.

b) Jumping spiders generally resemble teeny-tiny Tachikomas whose Very Important Job is keeping the other creepy-crawlies out of the house, and they earn bonus points by resembling tiny and curious Tachikomas and thus being very small foci of awesome by extension.

c) Jumping spiders are pretty much entirely harmless to humans and mostly either run away from us or watch us very intently with their great big googly little spider eyes with the occasional tilt of the head and expression of "WTF r u doin?" Which I tend to think is neat :D

d) THE FARKING THINGS EAT MOSQUITOS. Not only is this Awesome and Win in malarious regions of the world, it's a Good Thing in my West Nile Virus-risky part of the world, seeing as I've had the living farking shiat eaten out of me by buzzing vampires just checking on the garden :P


Whoa. You've actually managed to make a spider sound endearing. (The Tachikoma comparison helps. Of course, now I'm going to be reading the Misunderstood Spider meme in the voice of Batou's Personal Tachikoma for the rest of my life.)
 
2012-06-08 07:33:49 AM

Great Porn Dragon: Tachikomas


It's my understanding that with few exceptions, spiders you meet inside are inside spiders, not spiders who wandered in. We've been living side by side with spiders for a few ten thousand years now, in a kind of touch-and-go symbiosis: we provide shelter and food bits for their prey, and they keep a lot of other critters we don't like under control. I consider them important house servants for this reason, one of the best natural pest control methods in existence. We mostly don't see them, but when we start seeing them more, it usually means it's mating season for that species and they're out cruising. The number you see out at that point is probably a fair indicator of the number of pests they're controlling the rest of the time. If you see more than a few, you probably want to keep those guys around.

Oldiron_79: well invertibrate fighting is taking the place of dog and/or cock fighting in some areas because well, with inverts its considered feeding the loser to the winner rather than fighting and thus legal.


That's an interesting legal theory. If dogs and chickens ate each other after fights, I assure you it would still be illegal.

ladyfortuna: Be careful relating this deal though, some Farkers will say it's the 'stupidest thing I've ever read'.


You could post the secret to happiness itself, and some zero will slag it. The world is filled with worthless losers, and Fark is no different.
 
2012-06-08 08:27:12 AM

hubiestubert: [lh3.googleusercontent.com image 310x293]

Spiders in my house and I have a deal. They get the fireflies and the bugs, they get free rein to make webs in the corners. It works, and I respect their contribution to the house. I demand that they work for their keep...


Remind me not to come over.
 
2012-06-08 08:54:12 AM
th06.deviantart.net
/spider tank thread?
 
2012-06-08 09:38:46 AM
Do the jumping vampire spiders sparkle in the daylight?
 
2012-06-08 11:15:39 AM
Leo G. Carroll - not available for comment.
 
2012-06-08 11:46:11 AM
insidiousclothing.com
 
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