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I came home this evening to find something had taken up residence in our backyard: a female Golden Silk spider. She's over 2" across, and apparently just found her meal for the day. Sorry about the bluriness.




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I hear the golden silks are excellent sauteed in butter.

Wow. That's something. It reminds me of the spiders in Costa Rica.
 
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Bugs don't usually bother me all that much but *shudder*

Oy, that is a big 'un.
 
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That is really something. I wish we had a cool spider like that around here to fight the giant moth that was hanging out near our front porch light the other night. Or, even better, to battle the huge and amazing walking stick (or whatever this bug was) that was wandering around in some sort of upright imitation of a human, but whose wings popped out at my approach, enabling the beast to fly extremely slowly out into the world. Honestly, I think my man-bug could have kicked your spider's ass, but we may never know.
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MisterCranky wrote:
That is really something. I wish we had a cool spider like that around here to fight the giant moth that was hanging out near our front porch light the other night. Or, even better, to battle the huge and amazing walking stick (or whatever this bug was) that was wandering around in some sort of upright imitation of a human, but whose wings popped out at my approach, enabling the beast to fly extremely slowly out into the world. Honestly, I think my man-bug could have kicked your spider's ass, but we may never know.


Sounds like a praying mantis. When I was a kid we used to fill coffee cans full of them and sell them for a few quarters to a guy down the street who would set them free on his garden to eat all of the 'bad' bugs.

 
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My best Costa Rica spider. Oddly, the female is the obvious one, and the male is the small one above her a little bit.

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My best Costa Rica spider. Oddly, the female is the obvious one, and the male is the small one above her a little bit.


I can picture the conversation they're having:

"Honey, do I look fat?"

"Uh-oh."
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Sinister Dexter wrote:
I came home this evening to find something had taken up residence in our backyard: a female Golden Silk spider. She's over 2" across, and apparently just found her meal for the day. Sorry about the bluriness.


My kids came in all excited the other day saying they'd found an 'amazing' spider, I went out to take a look and it was one of these, definately a formidable looking bug.

It was hanging on some weeds that I'd told my daughter to mow down later, so we captured it and transplanted it to the flower garden next to the back porch.

 
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matthew.marquand wrote:
Sounds like a praying mantis. When I was a kid we used to fill coffee cans full of them and sell them for a few quarters to a guy down the street who would set them free on his garden to eat all of the 'bad' bugs.


I have seen many dozens of praying mantises over the years....this, Senator, was no praying mantis. In fact, it was a lot closer to:

Not for the squeamish!
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Spider, spider, on the wall
Have you no good sense at all?
Can't you see that wall's been plastered?
Get of that wall, you dirty......spider.
 
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I remember one year, about 20 years back on a relatives farm, when these Golden Silks were everywhere. There was one in every shrub and all along the fences and hedges. Literally, hundreds of them. Uncle Carl said he'd never seen anything like it before and he'd farmed the family plot for 40 years.

It was too freaky and too creepy. I didn't go back to visit them until there was snow on the ground.


 
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Spiders creep me out like no other bug* out there, but for some reason, Golden Garden spiders (as I've always known them and continue to call them) are incredible. We had one in our front garden at our last house, and she always seemed to return each year. We named her Greta.

Of course, if Greta had somehow managed to get ON me, then she would have become Greta the Spot on the Sidewalk, but from a distance, it was neat to watch her. She would actually swell up like a balloon after she fed.

MisterCranky wrote:


That's amazing! I can't believe how much it actually looks like a stick.



*I know spiders aren't bugs, but arachnids. Just go with it.
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MisterCranky wrote:
That is really something. I wish we had a cool spider like that around here to fight the giant moth that was hanging out near our front porch light the other night. Or, even better, to battle the huge and amazing walking stick (or whatever this bug was) that was wandering around in some sort of upright imitation of a human, but whose wings popped out at my approach, enabling the beast to fly extremely slowly out into the world. Honestly, I think my man-bug could have kicked your spider's ass, but we may never know.


It didn't look like this:



did it? You might have trouble on your hands if so...
 
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matthew.marquand wrote:
Sounds like a praying mantis. When I was a kid we used to fill coffee cans full of them and sell them for a few quarters to a guy down the street who would set them free on his garden to eat all of the 'bad' bugs.



Magic Wings is a business near where I live that sells pods of mantis eggs for this very purpose. A neat place to visit too, a greenhouse full of insects (approx 4,000 butterflies) with quail running around at your feet.
 
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vandemonium wrote:
It didn't look like this:



did it? You might have trouble on your hands if so...



I thought this nicely scientific article explaining why bugs can't supersize in real life was fascinating. Maybe this will help calm someone's fears?
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MisterCranky wrote:
I have seen many dozens of praying mantises over the years....this, Senator, was no praying mantis. In fact, it was a lot closer to:

Not for the squeamish!


We used to find them hanging out around the garden, but I haven't seen any in a year or two. The large ones are female, they can easily be 2-3x the size of the males. But nothing around here compares with their Malaysian cousins: http://www.phasmids.webpark.pl/dlahodowcy/ciekaw05.jpg

 
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I opened this thinking, a cute bunny or fawn.....but no it is a close up of my most feared adversary. cry We had one of these in a planter last year, I was on my knees cleaning out the weeds when I came nose to nose with it. Or nose to eight eyeballs and fangs!! Once I was able to speak and let my husband know the purpose of the baseball bat and poison I handed him ( while the neighbors laughed at me) he dispensed of it. I have not however weeded the "spider pot" as it is now know as since. In fact I water the plant above it from a distance, and if it weren't for perennials there would be nothing at all in it.
 
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Gecko23 wrote:
MisterCranky wrote:
I have seen many dozens of praying mantises over the years....this, Senator, was no praying mantis. In fact, it was a lot closer to:

Not for the squeamish!


We used to find them hanging out around the garden, but I haven't seen any in a year or two. The large ones are female, they can easily be 2-3x the size of the males. But nothing around here compares with their Malaysian cousins: http://www.phasmids.webpark.pl/dlahodowcy/ciekaw05.jpg





The female in this pictue is a lot larger and looks a bit like Janis Joplin.
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I opened this thinking, a cute bunny or fawn.....but no it is a close up of my most feared adversary. cry We had one of these in a planter last year, I was on my knees cleaning out the weeds when I came nose to nose with it. Or nose to eight eyeballs and fangs!! Once I was able to speak and let my husband know the purpose of the baseball bat and poison I handed him ( while the neighbors laughed at me) he dispensed of it. I have not however weeded the "spider pot" as it is now know as since. In fact I water the plant above it from a distance, and if it weren't for perennials there would be nothing at all in it.


No matter how much you dislike spiders, you should never kill them unless absolutely necessary (a venomous one in the house, for example). They are important predators and kill lots of mosquitoes, flies and other things -- things that actually carry diseases and such.

I don't understand, and have never understood, the impulse to kill things that freak you out, especially things that cannot harm you in any way.

Scoop it up with a newspaper or something and move it rather than kill it. Sheesh.
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You can do with them what you want and I will do with them what I want, I do not normally kill the spiders in my garden, as long as we can part ways in opposite directions, this one however wasn't willing to do that.
 
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Well, as long as you tried to negotiate with it first.
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I remember when I was young how my dad had killed three black widows in one 10 minute incident. Enough to make me shutter I'm afraid considering how venomous they are.

However, I think scorpions are way creepier than your average spider.
 
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I was in boot camp in Orlando, and in the mornings you would see dead scorpions laying around.

Thank god for boondockers.

 
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