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(Sun Sentinel)   Apparently, it's giant banana spider season in Florida, and biologists want you to know that if you get bit by one, it's no big deal because it "doesn't hurt worse than a bee sting"   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 74
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2013-08-24 09:32:41 AM
Those Banana spiders used to scare me when I was a kid. One of my Great Grandfathers smashed one with his hand and I stopped being afraid of them after that.
 
2013-08-24 11:16:04 AM
Just gonna leave this here...

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2013-08-24 12:17:39 PM

Jeep2011: Those Banana spiders used to scare me when I was a kid. One of my Great Grandfathers smashed one with his hand and I stopped being afraid of them after that.


They didn't scare me when I was a kid. But, when running through the long leaf pines trees and saw palmettos, I hated getting smacked dab stuck in one of their webs.
 
2013-08-24 12:20:26 PM
Besides, what's there to be afraid of?

www.expertistas.com
 
2013-08-24 12:47:06 PM
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Spider thread! Spider thread!
Here's a Florida lede to dread!
Know what's good? Timpana!
NOT as good, though, as a ba-na-na!
Look out.....Here comes a spider thrrrrrrrread!
 
2013-08-24 12:49:55 PM
One of the resorts we stayed in by Disney World a fear years back had them all over the balcony screens.  I never saw one inside the balcony but there was no way I'd sit out there, just in case.
 
2013-08-24 12:50:25 PM
It's not the bite--it's the horrible gut-wrenching experience of suddenly running into one of their webs and then frantically brushing at your head to get the Alien facehugger-like thing off.
 
2013-08-24 12:50:45 PM
Their roasted thoraxes taste like McNuggets mixed with paprika... just saying.
 
2013-08-24 12:51:46 PM
For the record, bee stings farking hurt.
 
2013-08-24 12:53:05 PM

berylman: Their roasted thoraxes taste like McNuggets mixed with paprika... just saying.


WHAT THE COITUS?!?!?!?!?!??!?
 
2013-08-24 12:53:26 PM
Lords knows my barking spider is stinging right now. Had curry last night.
 
2013-08-24 12:54:14 PM
www.jcehrlich.com
www.badspiderbites.com
/I'll give you a dollar if you go first.
 
2013-08-24 12:55:33 PM

TastyEloi: It's not the bite--it's the horrible gut-wrenching experience of suddenly running into one of their webs and then frantically brushing at your head to get the Alien facehugger-like thing off.


Every morning I run the gauntlet of webs built across the porch steps. I tell my neighbors I'm just off my meds.
 
2013-08-24 12:56:05 PM
Their legs are so... knobbly. Most spiders' legs are more tapered. Wonder what advantage those sharp knees give them.
 
2013-08-24 12:56:58 PM

Chinchillazilla: Their legs are so... knobbly. Most spiders' legs are more tapered. Wonder what advantage those sharp knees give them.


To fend off neckbeards, of course

/got nothin'
 
2013-08-24 12:57:52 PM

AirForceVet: Besides, what's there to be afraid of?

[www.expertistas.com image 360x321]


Fark delivers a pic with some size perspective in less than 10 posts while the article included 9 photos indicating their size is somewhere between that of a grain of pollen and the Titanic.
 
2013-08-24 01:01:02 PM
Kill em all, let god sort em out.
 
2013-08-24 01:02:41 PM

TastyEloi: It's not the bite--it's the horrible gut-wrenching experience of suddenly running into one of their webs and then frantically brushing at your head to get the Alien facehugger-like thing off.

While walking in deep woods I am constantly waving a stick in front of my path just to avoid that repulsive web-in-the-face experience.  Looks stupid but meh...not much is ickier than being covered in sweat and pawing at your head to remove spider silk
 
2013-08-24 01:02:54 PM
Golden orb weavers, not banana spiders, for the last farking time.
 
2013-08-24 01:03:43 PM
Still better than tourist season
 
2013-08-24 01:04:22 PM
Thank you FARK for making me not freaked out by spiders. I come to any spider thread for further therapy.
 
2013-08-24 01:04:34 PM

whither_apophis: TastyEloi: It's not the bite--it's the horrible gut-wrenching experience of suddenly running into one of their webs and then frantically brushing at your head to get the Alien facehugger-like thing off.

Every morning I run the gauntlet of webs built across the porch steps. I tell my neighbors I'm just off my meds.



Across your porch steps??

Methinks they have it in for you. I would sleep with the lights on.
 
2013-08-24 01:05:38 PM

Chinchillazilla: Their legs are so... knobbly. Most spiders' legs are more tapered. Wonder what advantage those sharp knees give them.


They get a lot of sexxy time
 
2013-08-24 01:06:07 PM
I first thought of the spiders that hide in loads of bananas and sometimes kill the unfortunate random person. Brazilian wander spiders, they quite toxic for something that is not from Australia.
 
2013-08-24 01:08:58 PM
Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring
Banana spider
 
2013-08-24 01:08:59 PM

whither_apophis: TastyEloi: It's not the bite--it's the horrible gut-wrenching experience of suddenly running into one of their webs and then frantically brushing at your head to get the Alien facehugger-like thing off.

Every morning I run the gauntlet of webs built across the porch steps. I tell my neighbors I'm just off my meds.


Try not leaving your porch light on at night, you got to figure their setting up shop because your lights are attracting food.
 
2013-08-24 01:09:20 PM

Enemabag Jones: I first thought of the spiders that hide in loads of bananas and sometimes kill the unfortunate random person. Brazilian wander spiders, they quite toxic for something that is not from Australia.


Brazil is like the Australia of the Americas
 
2013-08-24 01:10:26 PM
Florida just became a no-go zone for the near future.  Hate farkin' spiders, they're an absolute threat to humanity.
 
2013-08-24 01:13:20 PM
t1.gstatic.com
 
2013-08-24 01:14:45 PM
Nope!
 
2013-08-24 01:17:14 PM
I think they look kind of cool...
 
2013-08-24 01:26:51 PM
Have not seen the golden orb weavers for many years around Central Florida. Used to all the time on my way to school, often perched around power poles, especially the pole and line into the ground could see wide circular webs and them in the center. Anymore, is only the spiny orb weavers, which are interesting enough but tiny and all over. Did see a couple weeks back what I thought was either a green lynx spider or magnolia jumper who had built a web from my second story down to the front path, but neither of those construct webs. Thinking back, this one seemed to have thicker, plated legs with yellow edges.
 
2013-08-24 01:28:39 PM
FTA: "Good news is they dine on mosquitoes and are not at all poisonous, biologists say"
/Yes, they are not at all poisonous, but they are mildly venomous. So they are technically correct; which is a degree of correctness. Some say best!
 
2013-08-24 01:31:22 PM
Six foot,
Seven foot,
Eight foot, Punch!

Daylight come and me wan' go home
 
2013-08-24 01:38:25 PM

WTFDYW:


D'awwwwwww!!!

/yay spider threads!
 
2013-08-24 01:40:33 PM

TastyEloi: It's not the bite--it's the horrible gut-wrenching experience of suddenly running into one of their webs and then frantically brushing at your head to get the Alien facehugger-like thing off.


Yep. Ain't a lot of things can make me squeal like a girl, run around like a headless chicken, and let loose a couple drops of pee into my shorts like one of them bastards scuttling across my face.
 
2013-08-24 01:45:24 PM

TastyEloi: It's not the bite--it's the horrible gut-wrenching experience of suddenly running into one of their webs and then frantically brushing at your head to get the Alien facehugger-like thing off.


This. When I lived in South FL, my favorite trails were in a park that was positively infested with these guys. You had to make it a point to get out of there before dusk starts, because that's when they come down from the tree tops and hover face height over the trail.

/GEERTITOOOFF! GREETTTITOFF!
 
2013-08-24 01:46:43 PM

TastyEloi: It's not the bite--it's the horrible gut-wrenching experience of suddenly running into one of their webs and then frantically brushing at your head to get the Alien facehugger-like thing off.


Knows what you mean
 
2013-08-24 01:49:05 PM
I used to live in Menifee, and that's right where the tarantulas used to migrate. Weird seeing them just strolling along the porch. I left them alone, but I had to teach my dog not to run out and put her nose on them, they hairs on their abdomen (they fling them at you as a self defense) itch like crazy. I think they used to use them in old-fashion itching powder.
 
2013-08-24 01:52:26 PM
memecrunch.com
 
2013-08-24 01:54:38 PM

berylman: TastyEloi: It's not the bite--it's the horrible gut-wrenching experience of suddenly running into one of their webs and then frantically brushing at your head to get the Alien facehugger-like thing off.
While walking in deep woods I am constantly waving a stick in front of my path just to avoid that repulsive web-in-the-face experience.  Looks stupid but meh...not much is ickier than being covered in sweat and pawing at your head to remove spider silk



It's not the silk, it's the angry mothers that lose their egg bag in your hair as they drop down your neck and get stuck there, stunned still for a minute or two, but they will wake up, and, slowly, begin the struggle to emerge, from down the back of your shirt, and look for their egg bag...

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/and if they don't find their egg bag, they will lay their new eggs IN YOUR EAR and the babies will burrow through your brain muahahaha
 
2013-08-24 01:55:28 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: I think they look kind of cool...


From a distance or picture, yeah, they do. When you have them crawling on your face, they look like unadulterated fear.
 
2013-08-24 01:56:08 PM

TastyEloi: whither_apophis: TastyEloi: It's not the bite--it's the horrible gut-wrenching experience of suddenly running into one of their webs and then frantically brushing at your head to get the Alien facehugger-like thing off.

Every morning I run the gauntlet of webs built across the porch steps. I tell my neighbors I'm just off my meds.


Across your porch steps??

Methinks they have it in for you. I would sleep with the lights on.


They probably do. Thankfully the giant house spiders keep out any outdoor types.

/Native to Europe... and Seattle, wtf?!
 
2013-08-24 01:56:39 PM
We get TONS of those here in late summer, luckily they only hang around until it gets too cool. They're incredible web builders and something about them they're just not that scary to see; more interesting at how large they get.
 
2013-08-24 01:56:52 PM

AdrienVeidt: TastyEloi: It's not the bite--it's the horrible gut-wrenching experience of suddenly running into one of their webs and then frantically brushing at your head to get the Alien facehugger-like thing off.

Yep. Ain't a lot of things can make me squeal like a girl, run around like a headless chicken, and let loose a couple drops of pee into my shorts like one of them bastards scuttling across my face.


I dunno about peeing myself, but I damn sure do a funny dance

/Lemme tell you about the time my girlfriend and I took a break from canoeing for some romance on the Wekiva River.....
 
2013-08-24 01:58:18 PM

LeroyBourne: whither_apophis: TastyEloi: It's not the bite--it's the horrible gut-wrenching experience of suddenly running into one of their webs and then frantically brushing at your head to get the Alien facehugger-like thing off.

Every morning I run the gauntlet of webs built across the porch steps. I tell my neighbors I'm just off my meds.

Try not leaving your porch light on at night, you got to figure their setting up shop because your lights are attracting food.


No porch light, just late summer in the PNW. Spiders everywhere.
 
2013-08-24 02:00:27 PM
My back yard here in south florida is infested with them. at least a hundred, if not more.

They are harmless, and keep the mosquito population down. I don't mind them much.
 
2013-08-24 02:15:22 PM

RecentGrad: My back yard here in south florida is infested with them. at least a hundred, if not more.

They are harmless, and keep the mosquito population down. I don't mind them much.


As long as I don't get the web-across-the-face-spider-down-the-shirt I love them.
 
2013-08-24 02:20:23 PM
You know what I hate? Spiders.

Know why I hate them? Spiders.
 
2013-08-24 02:32:02 PM

AdrienVeidt: TastyEloi: It's not the bite--it's the horrible gut-wrenching experience of suddenly running into one of their webs and then frantically brushing at your head to get the Alien facehugger-like thing off.

Yep. Ain't a lot of things can make me squeal like a girl, run around like a headless chicken, and let loose a couple drops of pee into my shorts like one of them bastards scuttling across my face.


horrornews.net

/your welcome.
 
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