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Very often when they "hatch," all the surviving baby spiders come out and eat their mother. Not-so-fun fact of the day!

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Spiders are cannibals. Most female spiders eat their male partner after sex. Best an worst day ever for them...

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what does not having a basement have to do with anything? haha. my apartment gets spiders on the ceiling. they are insanely easy to spot. like above said it looks like a cotton ball. a tiny floating cotton ball that explodes with clear 8 legged hellspawn.

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The spiders were likely already hatched, they often use the ball of silk as a safe haven, and if disturbed they will all come zooming out!

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38, that is incorrect. Most species of spiders do not have "sacrificial mothers" where the mother dies to feed her young. Spiders have many ways of caring for their offspring and that is just one of them, and not nearly as popular as spinning a silk ball to protect the eggs and young or some variation of that. Some mothers take that further by carrying the ball on their backs, and then when they're born, she carries the cluster of babies on her back. Many arachnids are fantastic parent

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^ Depends on the species of spider. For example, Daddy Long Legs are cool to have around, as they'll only eat other bugs. Brown Recluses are not. They can bite you venomously.

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"Daddy Long Legs"... Aka Harvestmen, aka Opiliones, are not spiders. They are not much closer to being a spider than a scorpion is. They're a separate type of arachnid. And it's not just Brown Recluse that can "bite you venomously". All true spiders are venomous, but the vast majority of them have weak venom that is harmless to us. So any spider you can think of that has working mouthparts can "bite you venomously". Having said that, we have identified 35,000-40

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@70 - Yeah, I hate explaining that my tarantula has venom that isn't dangerous to humans, unless they're sickly infants. Most people think venom is any bite that's deadly. I actually find quite a few brown recluses where I live, it terrifies me to think I could put my socks on one day and have the skin tissue on my feet liquified.

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Tarantulas are just terrifying to me, probably because I haven't really been exposed to them very often. I just don't like any "bug" that isn't a butterfly, ladybug, or praying mantis (and even those three sometimes startle me). Especially when they're a giant version of a creepy-ass MFer.

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Also, many people refer to crane flies as daddy long legs. They're not spiders either of course but you know, 65 could've meant them. *shrugs*

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No, I did mean what I said. But I understand why you thought differently. It turns out, as I have learned, different people have different ideas on what a "daddy long legs" is. Here, we call the harvestmen that. Some people instead know a daddy long legs to be a pholcidae, or a "vibrating spider" or whatever else they want to call the damned thing. Those basement dwellers with loooong spindly legs. Common name confusion is why it's good to stick with Latin names!

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That's pretty cool, I didn't know that. I love all animals and enjoy learning about them, even animals others find frightening like spiders and snakes.

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I feel physically sick just reading this FML. #3 is right, take one for the team and BURN THE SHIRT, EVERYTHING YOU TOUCHED, YOUR HOUSE AND ALSO WHILE YOU'RE THERE... STAY IN IT WHILE IT BURNS.

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STAY CALM AND DO EXACTLY AS I SAY, First, get gasoline second, pour the gas on you and surrounding areas, third, light it, the spiders negative evil energy will absorb and be destroyed by the flames leaving you save.

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Fairly sure they weren't being a "Nazi," they were just saying the whole word should be taken out. Burn it all! Run for your life!

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#72 caterpillars would be so much better considering they move a lot slower and are easier to remove anyway

oh noes! You know that you're going to feel like your skin is crawling for like the next month, right? good luck!

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just here to say, a few years ago i actually killed a daddy long leg with my brothers can of spray deoderant (sp?) so yeah it does work. not sure about axe specifically but spray deoderant (again sp?) does work.

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