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(Environmental Graffiti)   The fabulous silk of golden orb-weaver spiders. You'll be amazed right before you run out of the room screaming   ( divider line
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2012-12-22 02:30:59 AM  

kroonermanblack: I like spiders outside. I love wolf or hunting spiders anywhere. They fascinate me and are adorable and awesome to watch move and so on.

Web spiders give me the creepy crawlies though.

We're in agreement... Very few web-spinners fail to give me the creepy crawlies. There's a species here in NE Washington that has an abdomen which grows to the size of a golf-ball; I was running a lawn mower next to one when I noticed the poor little thing holding onto its web for dear life, so I grabbed a stick, caught it on the end where it chilled out, almost seeming to wait patiently for me to put it somewhere safe.

I found a spot at the top of a nearby fence.. It calmly crawled onto the post and I swear, it turned around, looked me in the face, paused for two or three seconds and went about its business building a new home.

Someone above said "smart little things"... indeed. Very cool, yet slightly creepy...
2012-12-22 03:18:11 AM  

helper_monkey: DarthBart: [ image 640x428]

This was Charlotte (named by my 8 year old), our lanai spider. Lived on the lanai for about 6 months, we'd check up on her, feed her roaches and moths and whatever else we could catch, watch her grow. Then we watched her spin her mating web, lay an egg sac or two, and then pass on a week or so after laying her eggs. My daughter buried her in the side yard.

Unfortunately, we moved before we got a chance to see her spiderlings hatch.

That's a Black and Yellow Argiope, not a Golden-Silk. Both are orb weavers, but not the same species. They can have similar markings, but the give away is the web. The Argiope always has that zig-zag pattern in the middle (you can see it better in Balchinian's photo above). Golden-Silk spiders don't do that.

I have an Argiope living in my carport right outside my front door, and there's a Golden Silk in the outdoor garden of the chemistry wing of my university. The web is 3ft. by 4ft., no exaggeration, and is nearly invisible from most angles. Luckily it's not built in a spot that anyone can walk through, 'cause the occupant looks like she's not to be trifled with.
2012-12-22 06:48:22 PM  
Peers says that the resulting cloth feels like an invisibility cloak. "You literally cannot feel it," he says, "it's quite extraordinary."
/stupid sexy spider
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