By BloodFaerie - 30/06/2012 06:49 - United States - Cleveland
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OP here and I find it really funny that the people without a frickin' sense of humour are calling *me* stupid. (Not to mention when said assholes appear to be illiterate...) Yes, I know it is probably going to eat it - seeing as next time I went in there the spider had gotten smart enough to stop and wrap up its dinner to make it easier to carry, lol. (Problem solving abilities now? hmmmmmm lol) And, let's see... I was obviously in college at one point, so I would hope some of you would realize that means I'm educated. Please learn to take a joke. I'm just happy I finally got an FML accepted. And, of all of them it was a joke about one spider carrying off a "wounded comrade". And I saw someone did allude to the fact I must have left the dead one as a warning to the others. Muahahahahaha. *AND* maaaaybe this was a carefully staged display on their part to turn the tables and send *ME* a warning that they won't be dealt with so easily - that there are always MORE. *shudders* Finally, the reason there are so many spiders? I live in the basement of this house out in rural North Georgia and this scene took place in the bathroom in the back corner of said basement. So... the spiders love it there.
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I learned that too! You may want to save us all an buy some bug spray!
Euhm, yeah, spiders are cannibals. But they want their meat fresh. If the living spider killed the other one, then he is probably going to eat it. If the other one was dead already, the living spider will not take it as his meal. Thinking about it, maybe it was just the spider's skin. The difference between a skin and a dead spider is difficult to see.
I think that the spiders are reproducing more and more quickly and in places they usually would not be. I feel like it's the heat. i feel like spiders are getting smarter, like they can sense you and your intentions. they are getting bigger too, all of them. If they care for their dead and mean to take over the world... I've seen alot of Baby blackidows lately.
You're right. Think about how many of their children we've killed. Once the learn how to use weapons, it's all over.
1) It was probably just going to eat it, 2) I have never got this fear of spiders. They're like the size of a large coin. What possible reason could you have to fear them?
I can hear dogs barking at night but I don't live in fear of chihuahuas. Furthermore fearing all spiders because 2 relatively rare and geographically isolated spiders have the potential to make you a bit ill is like fearing tabby cats because starving tigers sometimes attack humans.
61- Black widow spiders can kill. http://www.venombyte.com/venom/spiders/venomous_spiders_by_state.asp Take a look at these VENOMOUS spiders. There's not just TWO relatively "rare" species. Granted, this site is just for the USA, but I'm sure there's more than two different kinds of venomous spider per continent ;)
Black widows are very rare. The fact that something is poisonous does not make it dangerous unless its venom is of sufficient strength and quantity and it has a method of injecting it into humans. Spiders kill and eat flies. They do not kill and eat people. The only reason one would bite you is if you put it in your hand. Frankly being scared of the critters is cowardly.
They're not actually rare, and they're all over the southeastern US- since that's where I live, I haven't bothered to research where else they live. Furthermore, a single bite from a brown recluse can cause death or dismemberment. The only way to identify such a spider (from say, a common brown spider) is by looking for a small fiddle shape on its back-that can be about the same color as its body. Tl;dr? Kill it with fire.
I take it some of you have never heard of arachnophobia. It's the irrational fear of spiders. It's just like being scared of clowns, butterflies, or any other kind of thing in this world. Not everyone can control their fears, so being scared of spiders isn't cowardly.
88- I think 57 was saying its more likely that you'll get struck by lightning than bitten by a venomous spider. Which I'm not sure if I believe, considering the astronomical odds of getting struck by lightning. If I'm wrong, I apologize in advance; I don't claim to know everything.
"Scientists figure humans may be born with a fear of spiders and snakes, healthy phobias that up the odds of survival in the wild. It's not known how such an inborn fear might develop, however. Now researchers have proven that unborn crickets can gain a fear of spiders based on their mother's harrowing experiences. Scientists put pregnant crickets into terrariums containing a wolf spider. The spiders' fangs were covered with wax so the spiders could stalk but not kill the pregnant crickets. After the crickets laid their eggs, the researchers compared the behavior of the offspring with offspring whose mothers hadn't been exposed to spiders."
Just to add to the "rarity" of venomous spiders, I live in the southern united states and it is not rare at all to find a brown recluse or a black widow here. I've killed quite a few of both species, and can assure you that they are much more common than you seem to believe. A friend of mine was bitten by a brown recluse on the knee and had to have a knee replacement at 15 years of age. They are dangerous and it is in no way irrational to be frightened of them.
66 - I, for one, am scared of spiders because they look disgusting. Yes, they're relatively small, and you can easily kill them with a shoe, but I am still disgusted and terrified of even the tiniest ones. I don't have extreme arachnophobia, but I still have somewhat of an irrational fear towards spiders, cockroaches, scorpions, and other scary-looking, repulsive-looking critters lurking around our dirt.
I think that one guy way up there got spiders mixed up with sharks. Its more likely that you'll be struck by lightning than get bitten by a shark. Also, I'm afraid of spiders simply because they're everywhere. I mean, there's a family of black widows in my mailbox for goodness sakes, and I'm in Tennessee. So yeah, they aren't very rare
Funnel web spiders have actual fangs that can punch through a leather boot. You have two hours to live. Hobo spiders often carry necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating bacteria). They are all over the place in the Seattle Portland area. Spiders can creep into your bed and attack you while you sleep. I got bit twice in one night! Even mountain lions won't do that. Spiders are fearsome.
Black widows are rare? That's news to me... I found two yesterday when cleaning out my backyard so...yeah. Black widows are one of the most commonly found spiders and that's why a lot of people have a fear of them. I personally worry about my dog being bitten or something because those things can kill smaller animals I they aren't treated right away.
from an evelutionary perspective bring afraid of the unknown pr dark is actually the safer trait. of you just walk out in the dark with no consideration today bad things can happen too. rape assault, mugging and so on. you have less of a chance defending yourself. granted the odds of something happening is small, but by eugenic scales the møre cautious will survive
Alright number 1. Black Widows are not "rare" just because you haven't seen many or any of them. I used to see them daily at work. Number 2. Check out the Sydney Funnel Web Spider, they will actually chase you and bite you for no reason. And if you are bitten you have about 40 minutes until you're dead if left untreated. It's also much larger than a coin.
Sydney funnel web, red back, black house spider, white tail, wolf spider, mouse spiders are just the poisonous ones that are most likely to bite you here in Australia. Red backs are beyond common where I live. Look under any outdoor chair and you will find many red backs.