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(CNN)   If the blazing heat and crop killing drought weren't bad enough, the heat wave of 2012 is also increasing the spider population...sleep tight   (thechart.blogs.cnn.com) divider line 92
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2012-08-09 12:15:48 AM  
i.qkme.me
 
2012-08-09 01:39:23 AM  

Darth_Lukecash: [i.qkme.me image 354x335]


Wait I swear I've seen that before, or some variation of it with the same spider.... what's that from?
 
2012-08-09 02:49:12 AM  

DeltaPunch: Wait I swear I've seen that before, or some variation of it with the same spider.... what's that from?


Same spider, cuter caption, and now I can't find it anywhere.
 
2012-08-09 06:22:38 AM  
assets.diylol.com
 
2012-08-09 06:24:41 AM  
In before no such thing as GW:
i18.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-09 06:33:48 AM  
*wanders off to ponder the 1 million dollars Johnson City, TN is asking the state for in order to cover the damages from the flooding that all the rain has been causing*
 
2012-08-09 06:36:42 AM  
FTFA: "All insects are cold-blooded, so in extreme heat they develop quicker, which results in more generations popping up now compared to previous summers," said Jim Fredericks, an entomologist and wildlife ecology expert with the National Pest Management Association.

Insects? INSECTS?? INSECTS??? In an article about spiders?
 
2012-08-09 06:48:35 AM  
Yeah, it's hot here in the Mississippi Valley, but with the drought on in our area, we're seeing far LESS spiders than in a normal year. In a normal year, it's a spider-fest around here, but not 2012. (For those of you who missed that day in junior high science, spiders eat bugs, bugs eat plants. Extended dry weather = less plants, less bugs, less spiders.)
 
2012-08-09 06:52:31 AM  
They typically hide in dark corners of your home, or in stored items like boxes and in closets.

Or in your shoes.....or under your covers. Also never ever do a GIS on brown recluse spider bite, especially after eating. Vomit will spray everywhere.
 
2012-08-09 06:54:05 AM  
i bet if they persecute the gays more, God will decide to finally send rain.

/can't hear you over the beautifully temperate summer we're having in fake americatm
//i guess that refinery fire could've been a hint
///no earthquakes though
 
2012-08-09 06:56:13 AM  
Spiders around our place in northern FL have gone way out of control this year. Not so much the wolf spider as the really big (and harmless) house spiders. I hate killing them, used to just throw em outside, but this year I'm killing 20-30 a day. Pest guy says you have to spray them directly with bug killer because they don't clean themselves.
 
2012-08-09 06:57:01 AM  
It wouldn't be so bad, were it not for the sound of thousands of little empty canteens being dragged around.
 
2012-08-09 07:12:47 AM  

rico567: Yeah, it's hot here in the Mississippi Valley, but with the drought on in our area, we're seeing far LESS spiders than in a normal year. In a normal year, it's a spider-fest around here, but not 2012. (For those of you who missed that day in junior high science, spiders eat bugs, bugs eat plants. Extended dry weather = less plants, less bugs, less spiders.)


Very true, in fact I haven't seen one of these in many years.
www.carolinanature.com
 
2012-08-09 07:15:33 AM  
"No, spider. You can't live in my house. Outside .. sure."
/and this concludes lewismarktwo's conversations with speech capable anthropomorphized spider beings
 
2012-08-09 07:16:40 AM  
Temps increase...
... North American becomes more like the Middle East.


And then you get these guys!

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-09 07:19:51 AM  
Well, that explains why parts of my back yard belong in an Indiana Jones movie.
 
2012-08-09 07:21:49 AM  

rico567: Yeah, it's hot here in the Mississippi Valley, but with the drought on in our area, we're seeing far FEWER spiders than in a normal year. In a normal year, it's a spider-fest around here, but not 2012. (For those of you who missed that day in junior high science, spiders eat bugs, bugs eat plants. Extended dry weather = FEWER plants, FEWER bugs, FEWER spiders.)


ftfy
 
2012-08-09 07:24:48 AM  
I could hotlink or host my favorite, but ... this just save time:

http://www.quickmeme.com/Misunderstood-Spider/
 
2012-08-09 07:38:04 AM  

St. Celery: rico567: Yeah, it's hot here in the Mississippi Valley, but with the drought on in our area, we're seeing far FEWER spiders than in a normal year. In a normal year, it's a spider-fest around here, but not 2012. (For those of you who missed that day in junior high science, spiders eat bugs, bugs eat plants. Extended dry weather = FEWER plants, FEWER bugs, FEWER spiders.)

ftfy


tnx
 
Skr
2012-08-09 07:40:26 AM  
www.digdang.com
The Peacock Spiders are strangely endearing. Too bad we just get a throng of translucent house spider squatters,
 
2012-08-09 07:53:22 AM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: rico567: Yeah, it's hot here in the Mississippi Valley, but with the drought on in our area, we're seeing far LESS spiders than in a normal year. In a normal year, it's a spider-fest around here, but not 2012. (For those of you who missed that day in junior high science, spiders eat bugs, bugs eat plants. Extended dry weather = less plants, less bugs, less spiders.)

Very true, in fact I haven't seen one of these in many years.
[www.carolinanature.com image 600x450]


Those don't bite people and they have amazing webs.

Walker: They typically hide in dark corners of your home, or in stored items like boxes and in closets.

Or in your shoes.....or under your covers. Also never ever do a GIS on brown recluse spider bite, especially after eating. Vomit will spray everywhere.


I got bit by one 15 years ago and still have an ugly scar. You do not want a recluse bite, no sirree.
 
2012-08-09 07:53:33 AM  
Came for clock spider....

....leaving dissappointed
 
2012-08-09 07:55:28 AM  
Actually, the necessity of increasing their rang is leading to some interesting new varieties.

i12.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-09 08:10:02 AM  
As a person who lives in brown recluse territory, DO NOT WANT
th06.deviantart.net
 
2012-08-09 08:10:29 AM  
i1.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-08-09 08:13:38 AM  
I live in the country, like to garden both ornamental and vegetable, and have for some time been observing the "bug" population on my 20 acres or so. Most definitely I can say that in the last 15 years the first and last frost date have moved about one month later and earlier each year. That is an enormous change and the first area it has affected has been in the bug world. The stink bug family appears to be in first place but the spiders are really doing well. Those Golden Orbs are around here, but in few quantities and they are smaller. We have a large influx of bug types from more southerly areas. In the house it's Jerusalem crickets and spiders. The wasps and hornets are doing better than the wild bees and occasionally we get a really aggressive type of wasp. Anyone who doesn't see the obvious affects of climate change is crazy.
 
Slu
2012-08-09 08:13:39 AM  

HAMMERTOE: Actually, the necessity of increasing their rang is leading to some interesting new varieties.


I too have rang envy.
 
2012-08-09 08:15:39 AM  
er, effects - it's the pain meds, believe me.
 
Slu
2012-08-09 08:16:13 AM  

MartinD-35: I live in the country, like to garden both ornamental and vegetable, and have for some time been observing the "bug" population on my 20 acres or so. Most definitely I can say that in the last 15 years the first and last frost date have moved about one month later and earlier each year. That is an enormous change and the first area it has affected has been in the bug world. The stink bug family appears to be in first place but the spiders are really doing well. Those Golden Orbs are around here, but in few quantities and they are smaller. We have a large influx of bug types from more southerly areas. In the house it's Jerusalem crickets and spiders. The wasps and hornets are doing better than the wild bees and occasionally we get a really aggressive type of wasp. Anyone who doesn't see the obvious affects of climate change is crazy.


If your first and last frost moved a month later and earlier each year, does that mean you no longer have winter?
 
2012-08-09 08:18:09 AM  
The drought could be solved if they placed an enormous funnel over south Alabama that channeled the rain to different parts of the country through a series of tubes.
 
2012-08-09 08:25:18 AM  
i.ebayimg.com

My favorite book when I was little...
 
2012-08-09 08:28:05 AM  

PYROY: The drought could be solved if they placed an enormous funnel over south Alabama that channeled the rain to different parts of the country through a series of tubes.


a series of tubes is never the answer...
 
2012-08-09 08:50:21 AM  

bluecrabscribe: Well, that explains why parts of my back yard belong in an Indiana Jones movie.


Same here, but I blame the warm winter we had in the Mid-Atlantic. Never got cold enough to kill off some of the bugs so most eggs/larve made it through. We've had just enough rain to keep things going.

I've never seen so many webs: on the grass, every tree, cars, DoT workers "just resting", etc. It's like Kingdom of the Spiders out there. Where's Shatner when you need him?
 
2012-08-09 08:55:46 AM  
if I go out in the evening, by the time I get back my walk and steps will have 3-4 webs up. my spiders must be doing crack based on the speed they are able to put up webs.

and yes they do it at about face level and it is dark. bleh.
 
2012-08-09 08:56:27 AM  
i281.photobucket.com

kinky
 
2012-08-09 08:58:51 AM  
And this is part of why there have been very few mosquitos this year.

Praise be to all the fly eating species.
 
2012-08-09 09:09:06 AM  
"All spiders have a venomous bite...." said Fredericks.

Not true. And I think and entomologist should know this.
 
2012-08-09 09:09:54 AM  

madgordy: if I go out in the evening, by the time I get back my walk and steps will have 3-4 webs up. my spiders must be doing crack based on the speed they are able to put up webs.

and yes they do it at about face level and it is dark. bleh.


Hate that. You give them free reign anywhere else, and they want to be at your front door. You can spray, fog, bomb, and every other thing...and they stay at the front door...



//Bag spider season coming up. I love getting hit in the face by those and their monstrous webs.
 
2012-08-09 09:15:11 AM  

digitalrain: My favorite book when I was little...


It looks like they are trying to eat it... Like catching snowflakes on your tongue, or trying to grab an apple on a string at some harvest festival game...
 
2012-08-09 09:15:51 AM  
italie


Hate that. You give them free reign anywhere else, and they want to be at your front door. You can spray, fog, bomb, and every other thing...and they stay at the front door...


Only one has ever tried to camp on my doorbell then shake its web at me when I got close to the doorknob.

My flying phonebook caught its web just right. Or wrong for the spider. I don't know if it survived the landing, but it had one hell of a ride while hanging onto the web for dear life as the phone book and web spun through the air toward some bushes down below.
 
2012-08-09 09:22:44 AM  
I don't mind spiders. But I figure it's fair game to squash the ones that linger out into my sight. I'm just helping natural selection along. No-one needs lazy spiders reproducing. Let that crap go on and you'll get spiders who skip killing insects and just forage in my fridge or some nonsense. The problem is that my wife whines when I do it. So I let them be. And now we've got some demented half-domesticated spider sanctuary going. Horror movies have been written about less.

Perhaps "brown recluse spiders coming inside" will be enough to change her mind...
 
2012-08-09 09:22:58 AM  

Smackledorfer: And this is part of why there have been very few mosquitos this year.

Praise be to all the fly eating species.


that and mosquitoes require standing water to lay their eggs in. If you're in a drought area and still getting bitten, blame your neighbors for breeding them
 
2012-08-09 09:25:19 AM  

madgordy: if I go out in the evening, by the time I get back my walk and steps will have 3-4 webs up. my spiders must be doing crack based on the speed they are able to put up webs.

and yes they do it at about face level and it is dark. bleh.


Crack spider thinks spinning webs is for suckas.
 
2012-08-09 09:32:11 AM  
We had a back deck at my old house that had ample awesome spots for spider webs. We had several garden spiders and one summer we adopted one. We had a big light so catching moths and other little bugs was easy to toss on his web for him. We fattened him up really big, he was a couple inches across and his abdomen was humongous. He was big enough that we were able to feed him an unlucky katydid that was hanging out back there when we were drunk. It was an epic battle but the spider won.

Spiders are cool. I just wish they'd stop trying to build a web across my front porch so I get it in my face every night when I take the dog out.
 
2012-08-09 09:37:23 AM  

Slu: MartinD-35: I live in the country, like to garden both ornamental and vegetable, and have for some time been observing the "bug" population on my 20 acres or so. Most definitely I can say that in the last 15 years the first and last frost date have moved about one month later and earlier each year. That is an enormous change and the first area it has affected has been in the bug world. The stink bug family appears to be in first place but the spiders are really doing well. Those Golden Orbs are around here, but in few quantities and they are smaller. We have a large influx of bug types from more southerly areas. In the house it's Jerusalem crickets and spiders. The wasps and hornets are doing better than the wild bees and occasionally we get a really aggressive type of wasp. Anyone who doesn't see the obvious affects of climate change is crazy.

If your first and last frost moved a month later and earlier each year, does that mean you no longer have winter?


Sometimes. At his house, winter and summer flip-flop every six years.
 
2012-08-09 09:38:53 AM  
images.nationalgeographic.com

hot hot hot!

sleep tight!
 
2012-08-09 09:41:01 AM  
sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net

Was bit by a brown recluse at summer camp, went to another summer camp for a week then my grandparents for a week, thinking it was nothing but a scrape on my leg. Wasn't until I started having problems swallowing that my parents took me to the ER. Had a cavern in my leg down to the bone.

Fark spiders.
 
2012-08-09 09:42:31 AM  

madgordy: if I go out in the evening, by the time I get back my walk and steps will have 3-4 webs up. my spiders must be doing crack based on the speed they are able to put up webs.


Nah, probably benzedrine, according to NASA research.
 
2012-08-09 09:43:32 AM  

Carn: Spiders are cool. I just wish they'd stop trying to build a web across my front porch so I get it in my face every night when I take the dog out.


niklas.hellerstedt.com
 
2012-08-09 09:44:58 AM  
I have a rather annoying spider bite on my right arm from one of the innumerable spiders we've had all over the porch, deck and eaves this year, so I'm getting a kick out of some of these replies.

/ and an annoying rash from scratching the itchy bite
// that spider is dead now.... yea, I walked into your web and picked you up, so you bit me, but you're the asshole that built it between my wicker chair and the porch railing
/// don't like spiders, but I'll leave them be as long as they stay out of my house and leave me be
 
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