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(Daily Star)   You know the only thing more terrifying than having a giant huntsman spider jump out of your luggage when you return from a trip to Africa? Having a giant pregnant huntsman spider jump out of your luggage (pics, but farkfarkfark giant spider)   (dailystar.co.uk) divider line 159
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2014-03-17 08:59:58 PM  
Was staying with some friends in Australia when, one day, a critter like this one:

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appeared at the top of the dining room curtains.

Not wanting to squash the spider into her clean, lacy curtains, my hostess thought she'd try suffocating it with hairspray so it would drop to the floor on its own. She sprayed... and she sprayed... and sprayed... and still the spider clung to the curtains. Her bemused husband watched for a while before remarking, "Aw, Hitler was kinder!" and whacking the spider hard enough with a broom so it would let go.

/no idea how long the spider survived outdoors after that
// the other huntsman spiders used to come out of their hidey-holes after a rain and wave their front legs at you if you walked or drove nearby
 
2014-03-17 10:58:36 PM  

Lydia_C: Was staying with some friends in Australia when, one day, a critter like this one:

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appeared at the top of the dining room curtains.

Not wanting to squash the spider into her clean, lacy curtains, my hostess thought she'd try suffocating it with hairspray so it would drop to the floor on its own. She sprayed... and she sprayed... and sprayed... and still the spider clung to the curtains. Her bemused husband watched for a while before remarking, "Aw, Hitler was kinder!" and whacking the spider hard enough with a broom so it would let go.

/no idea how long the spider survived outdoors after that
// the other huntsman spiders used to come out of their hidey-holes after a rain and wave their front legs at you if you walked or drove nearby


Aww, that's a little one.

My aunt frosticled a huge one with bug spray and finally finished it off with a thong.  Cleanup required a hose and a shovel.

I'd be tempted to flush them, but I doubt they'd fit down the pipe, and I wouldn't be surprised if you told me they could swim.  For weeks afterwards I'd be living in fear of a huge bloody spider with SCUBA gear and a grudge.
 
2014-03-17 11:46:46 PM  
I tend to like having a big huntsman in the house. Each day you get to wonder where it has moved to and am impressed by the length of its travels.  They are harmless and keep little bugs out of the house (also smaller less friendly spiders.)

Mind you I have only rarely had the balls to pick them up (mostly when there is someone I wish to impress around) and yet I have mates you go straight up to them and pick them up and let them play around on their arms.  I not quite at their level of excellence but I would like to be.

Oh and the one in the corner above the shower tends to make me want to turn around and face it whilst showering.
 
2014-03-17 11:51:50 PM  

namegoeshere: Raptavio: They named the spider Hermione.

WTF, they went with a Harry Potter name and it's not Aragog?

It's a girl, so Shelob.


Lord of the Rings != Harry Potter, ass-hal!
 
2014-03-18 03:50:48 AM  

lostcat: I performed an experiment on my daughter.

When she was 5-months old, I got her a set of insect toys for infants. All cute and soft, and made fun noises and/or rattled when you played with them. I made a point of handing her the spider to play with.

One of the first songs she learned was "Itsy-Bitsy Spider," and she still likes to sing it.

Any time we saw a spider, I would look very happy and say, "Look! Itsy-Bitsy Spinder." and then talk to it as if it were very friendly, and tell her how the spider helped us by keeping ants, flies and mosquitos out of the house.

All of that positive reinforcement did nothing. She still developed a typical dislike of spiders as she turned 3.

The theory of genetic memory suggests that people who had a genetic predisposition to be freaked out by arachnids (if such a genetic predisposition could exist) would survive longer and pass their genes on more frequently.

According to that theory, people who don't have a fear of spiders are genetic mutants. What a crappy mutant power to have. "Oh, um...I'm not freaked out by spiders."


My parents never reacted positively or negatively to insects and arachnids. I was just always taught to steer clear of brown spiders with fiddle shapes on their backs or black spiders with red hour glass shapes on them. I was never taught to be scared of spiders. I'd imagine fear reactions are pretty varied. In fact, my father has always been terrified of snakes. Guess what kind of animal I had for a pet from the age of 14 to the age of 28?
 
2014-03-18 07:10:16 AM  
We have brown huntsmen (and, I assume, huntswomen) here in the Philippines. They're not really that big: maybe 3 to 4 inches across including their legs, at least I've never seen any bigger ones. They're about as venemous as wasps, is all, and they'd rather run away than bite. They're quite fast, too: that's how they catch their prey, by running them down. They're actually kind of cool.
 
2014-03-18 07:10:27 AM  

Raptavio: namegoeshere: Raptavio: They named the spider Hermione.

WTF, they went with a Harry Potter name and it's not Aragog?

It's a girl, so Shelob.

Lord of the Rings != Harry Potter, ass-hal!


Thank you Captain Obvious for clearing that up.
 
2014-03-18 09:25:15 AM  

minnkat: [i.imgur.com image 607x325]


That is just awesome! :-D
 
2014-03-18 01:41:17 PM  
While we are talking about Arthropods...  how about a little love for the biggest one on the planet? The Japanese Spider Crab, that is, this guy:

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Can be 3.8 metres (12 ft) from claw to claw. The body may grow to a size of 40 cm or 16 in.

Here is a small one:

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