13/09/2006

You friendly neighbourhood spider

Jo here at work, has a massive Orb-web Spider (European garden spider) outside her window making a home, she's dubbed him Oscar. His abomen is the size of my finger nail, a tad frightful, so I'm very glad that there are no harmful spiders in the UK. We also just found a Cellar-Spider living under our sofa, he seems a little shy but I bet we can thank him for the absence of flies in our flat. Spiders are fascinating creatures, even the plain old common garden or house spider has a whole world in mystery. Some can leap and lay traps (Trap-door spider), other use poison and have fangs (Red Back spider), some burrow like mammals (Tarantula) , some build incredible webs, they are so varied and bizzare how can you not be a little curious...

I have to admit, I was terrifyed when we were shown a Sydney Funnel-Web Spider one of the most dangerous Spiders in the world, as the zoo keeper had it in a cup with the lid off. Of course the funnel-web is a rather primative and incapable of climbing a smooth surface or jumping, so there is no way it could of harmed us but I felt better with it a little further away from my person. Now I can understand being freaked out by something poisonus and large but I really don't get people who scream and stamp on poor little harmless spiders. They are a fascinating and completly misunderstood.

3 comments:

  1. that sydney funnelweb was pretty scary. They also make the coolest nests, great to look at, but don't get too close!!

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  2. Ugh, I'm not a big fan of spiders! Spider webs are cool, though. :)

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  3. That's the coolest spider I've ever seen. It sounds like spiders have drawn you into their web. OK, I'm sorry. I just couldn't resist ;-)

    I wish we had cool insects under our sofa. We just find old bits of food that our 4 year old twins drop and don't care to pick up!

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