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(Mother Nature Network)   And all this time you just assumed the spiders were passively sitting in their webs simply waiting for an unlucky fly to accidentally get caught in their webs   (mnn.com ) divider line
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2013-05-30 02:58:37 AM  
The bolas spider doesn't just sit there.
 
2013-05-30 03:41:02 AM  
thedoghousediaries.com
 
2013-05-30 04:10:17 AM  
I love spiders. I mean, they're creepy as fark, but endlessly fascinating.

csb: Lived waaay out in the country some years ago. Had a orb weaver drop out of the driveway tree every night and make a web. Set up a black back drop and set the camera to take an image every minute. Got the coolest time-lapse of her dropping down and building her web. Was very cool. Also had one of those banana spiders..you know the one...holds her legs in a four pattern and makes a zig-zag in the center of the web...I'd catch grasshoppers and whatnot and toss them in her web. She ate A LOT. She put an egg sack up in the corner of the house on the porch. When they hatched, we had a couple dozen building webs around the garden and trees. My wife was creeped right the fark out, but it was very fun to watch them. I figure, if there's a hell, spiders would be there if I'm mean to them, so I don't squish them. I catch 'em and either put 'em outside or on the plants. I'm nice to them, they're nice to me. Holy shiat, I wouldn't want to be hunted by a spider.

/end csb
 
2013-05-30 06:19:06 AM  

Spad31: I love spiders. I mean, they're creepy as fark, but endlessly fascinating.

csb: Lived waaay out in the country some years ago. Had a orb weaver drop out of the driveway tree every night and make a web. Set up a black back drop and set the camera to take an image every minute. Got the coolest time-lapse of her dropping down and building her web. Was very cool. Also had one of those banana spiders..you know the one...holds her legs in a four pattern and makes a zig-zag in the center of the web...I'd catch grasshoppers and whatnot and toss them in her web. She ate A LOT. She put an egg sack up in the corner of the house on the porch. When they hatched, we had a couple dozen building webs around the garden and trees. My wife was creeped right the fark out, but it was very fun to watch them. I figure, if there's a hell, spiders would be there if I'm mean to them, so I don't squish them. I catch 'em and either put 'em outside or on the plants. I'm nice to them, they're nice to me. Holy shiat, I wouldn't want to be hunted by a spider.

/end csb


I sometimes do a similar thing with different spider species I find.  Toss them into each others web and watch the results.  I was surprised to find how often it's the larger spider that runs away from the smaller.
 
2013-05-30 09:14:23 AM  

Frederick: Spad31: I love spiders. I mean, they're creepy as fark, but endlessly fascinating.

csb: Lived waaay out in the country some years ago. Had a orb weaver drop out of the driveway tree every night and make a web. Set up a black back drop and set the camera to take an image every minute. Got the coolest time-lapse of her dropping down and building her web. Was very cool. Also had one of those banana spiders..you know the one...holds her legs in a four pattern and makes a zig-zag in the center of the web...I'd catch grasshoppers and whatnot and toss them in her web. She ate A LOT. She put an egg sack up in the corner of the house on the porch. When they hatched, we had a couple dozen building webs around the garden and trees. My wife was creeped right the fark out, but it was very fun to watch them. I figure, if there's a hell, spiders would be there if I'm mean to them, so I don't squish them. I catch 'em and either put 'em outside or on the plants. I'm nice to them, they're nice to me. Holy shiat, I wouldn't want to be hunted by a spider.

/end csb

I sometimes do a similar thing with different spider species I find.  Toss them into each others web and watch the results.  I was surprised to find how often it's the larger spider that runs away from the smaller.


I've seen the same behavior at bars.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-05-30 09:27:45 AM  
See Biology of Spiders for a bookload of fun facts about how spiders work.
 
2013-05-30 10:29:11 AM  

ZAZ: See Biology of Spiders for a bookload of fun facts about how spiders work.


Cool. Thanks.
 
2013-05-30 10:31:14 AM  

ZAZ: See Biology of Spiders for a bookload of fun facts about how spiders work.


yeah thanks for that, I have a friend that loves spiders, and dosent have that book, now I know what to get him.

/book lungs, thats what i thought you said first
//its how some spiders breath, look it up in the book !
 
2013-05-30 10:33:04 AM  
A spider sitting in its web waiting for a fly to buzz by may seem passive, but new research reveals these arachnids can spend time in their webs strategizing about how best to detect ensnared prey.

"Oh! what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive!"
 
2013-05-30 10:38:28 AM  
I'll be avoiding this thread, as I don't want to be subjected to dozens of pictures of scary looking, ugly-ass spiders.
 
2013-05-30 10:38:49 AM  

ZAZ: See Biology of Spiders for a bookload of fun facts about how spiders work.


It's about what you'd expect. Most get rural work, but those who study hard get to work in the city and tall buildings.
 
Ant
2013-05-30 10:54:42 AM  

doczoidberg: I'll be avoiding this thread, as I don't want to be subjected to dozens of pictures of scary looking, ugly-ass spiders.


Bring it on!
 
2013-05-30 11:00:46 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: The bolas spider doesn't just sit there.


Very cool vid.  He drew the same analogy that I've drawn with fishermen, while observing spiders.  Both cast lines or nets, and then wait patiently.  But then there are spiders who will watch and wait patiently, while you prepare for bed then fall peacefully asleep.  Then the nasty little buggers will crawl up your cheek, pounce on your eyelid and inject...

Whew!  Let's just say that I *used* to have that spider fear.

/got over it - they're way cool
 
2013-05-30 11:08:09 AM  
Kensuke Nakata, a researcher at Kyoto Women's University in Japan

He repeated the process five times per spider


??
 
2013-05-30 11:18:17 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: The bolas spider doesn't just sit there.


Tha fark was the last minute about?  Trying some religious conversion?
 
2013-05-30 11:22:54 AM  
Who actually thought that?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-05-30 11:29:23 AM  
Another book you should read if you want to understand how spiders work is Predator upon a Flower. It is an in-depth look at the life of one species of crab spider commonly found on flowers in the eastern USA. The subject of the book does not build webs. Instead it waits for an insect to land in front of it and grabs. The favorite prey of adult females is bumble bees.
 
2013-05-30 11:35:08 AM  

Ant: doczoidberg: I'll be avoiding this thread, as I don't want to be subjected to dozens of pictures of scary looking, ugly-ass spiders.

Bring it on!


2.bp.blogspot.com
They seem so happy.
 
2013-05-30 11:45:39 AM  

25.media.tumblr.com

Spider thread! Spider thread!
Thursday's starting off in good stead!
Web construction is quite a breeze-
Special spatial abilities!
Hey there.......Here comes the spider thrrrrrread!

 
2013-05-30 11:59:12 AM  
Much like cougars passively sit around at happy hour?
 
Ant
2013-05-30 12:01:10 PM  

ciberido: Ant: doczoidberg: I'll be avoiding this thread, as I don't want to be subjected to dozens of pictures of scary looking, ugly-ass spiders.

Bring it on!


They seem so happy.


Awesome! What kind of spider is that?
 
2013-05-30 12:04:02 PM  

Ilmarinen: Kensuke Nakata, a researcher at Kyoto Women's University in Japan

He repeated the process five times per spider

??


You find it unusual that a school catering to female students might have some male faculty?
 
2013-05-30 12:24:23 PM  
How facinating.

*squish*
 
2013-05-30 12:50:51 PM  
Saw something very unusual (to me at least) this morning, a little tiny jumping spider was using the breeze to go around me in a semi-circular fashion.  At first I thought it was a fly until I noticed it landed and jumped right away again.  Caught just enough of a glimpse to see what it really was.  I don't why it wasn't doing it but it was jumping all over my back deck and riding the breeze as it went.
 
2013-05-30 12:52:39 PM  
I'll just leave this here.
i.imgur.com

/weirdest boner right now
 
2013-05-30 12:54:26 PM  

doczoidberg: I'll be avoiding this thread, as I don't want to be subjected to dozens of pictures of scary looking, ugly-ass spiders.


Here, let me get you a cup of coffee. It will settle your nerves.
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-30 12:57:28 PM  
This has probably happened to you more than once.
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-30 01:47:31 PM  

doczoidberg: I'll be avoiding this thread, as I don't want to be subjected to dozens of pictures of scary looking, ugly-ass spiders.


Yes, avoiding ass-spiders is important.
 
2013-05-30 08:21:45 PM  

I want your skull: I'll just leave this here.
[i.imgur.com image 547x505]

/weirdest boner right now


Is that a spider in your underpants or are you just happy to see me?
 
2013-05-30 08:25:03 PM  

Ant: ciberido: Ant: doczoidberg: I'll be avoiding this thread, as I don't want to be subjected to dozens of pictures of scary looking, ugly-ass spiders.

Bring it on!


They seem so happy.

Awesome! What kind of spider is that?


I don't know, but if you like happy spiders, meet  Theridion grallator.
cdn.yeeyan.com
She's very pleased to meet you.
 
2013-05-30 10:00:06 PM  
Web building is for suckas

Spiders on Drugs
 
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