You'll never think of spiders the same way again!

Started by PabloMack, December 04, 2013, 11:44:44 am

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PabloMack

December 04, 2013, 11:44:44 am Last Edit: December 04, 2013, 03:45:01 pm by PabloMack
There are several species in Western Australia. They remind me of the Birds of Paradise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-nmeYirsvA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_yYC5r8xMI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppP03ERHbUI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVDolRfgseY

The words of Alfred Russel Wallace seem so appropriate here:

"Thus one of my objects in coming to the far East was accomplished. I had obtained a specimen of the...The remote island in which I found myself situated, in an almost unvisited sea, far from the tracks of merchant-fleets and navies; the wild luxuriant tropical forest, which stretched far away on every side; the rude uncultured savages who gathered round me-all had their influence in determining the emotions with which I gazed upon this "thing of beauty." I thought of the long ages of the past, during which the successive generations of this little creature had run their course-year by year of being born, and living and dying amid these dark and gloomy woods, with no intelligent eye to gaze upon their loveliness-to all appearance such a wanton waste of beauty. Such ideas excite a feeling of melancholy. It seems sad that on the one hand such exquisite creatures should live out their lives and exhibit their charms only in these wild inhospitable regions, doomed for ages yet to come to hopeless barbarism; while on the other hand, should civilized man ever reach these distant lands, and bring moral, intellectual, and physical light into the recesses of these virgin forests, we may be sure that he will so disturbed the nicely-balanced relations of organic and inorganic nature as to cause the disappearance, and finally the extinction, of these very beings whose wonderful structure and beauty he alone is fitted to appreciate and enjoy. This consideration must surely tell us that all living things were not made for man. Many of them have no relation to him. The cycle of their existence has gone on independently of his, and is disturbed or broken by every advance in man's intellectual development; and their happiness and enjoyment, their loves and hates, their struggles for existence, their vigorous life and early death, would seem to be immediately related to their own well-being and perpetuation alone, limited only by the equal well-being and perpetuation of the numberless other organisms with which each is more or less intimately connected."

Oshyan

Yeah, these guys are one of my favorite animals. :)

- Oshyan

TheBadger

No, Im still quite sure all spiders are devil creatures of which there are non that Im not allergic to.
I leave them alone if they leave me alone. But when one comes into the house I just assume he is there to commit suicide.

Some who see your video might say, "oh! Well look at that, thats so beautiful." Not me. I wont tell you what Im sure I would say if one of these damn things got in my face. And I am not even phobic about spiders... I just hate them to death. Sharks too.

Like dogs though, some cats, even a few rodents. Have you got any video of one of those with a pretty jaket and doing a nice dance?  ;)
It has been eaten.

Dune

Thanks for the links. Absolutely incredible. You'd almost wish they were dog-big and you could have some in a paddock  ;) They're like dansers, beautiful.

PabloMack

December 05, 2013, 12:35:00 pm #4 Last Edit: December 06, 2013, 11:11:25 am by PabloMack
Quote from: TheBadger on December 05, 2013, 02:11:54 amAnd I am not even phobic about spiders... I just hate them to death.


I think you are so arachnophobic I just have to LOL. Did you ever see the movie "Arachnophobia"?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aQ6vg3JB2U

This one is really creepy (both because of the black widow and because I like lizards so much):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=016bfauwevo

I have seen or heard it said several times lately that, no matter where you are, you are within six feet (i.e. two meters) of a spider.

Quote from: TheBadger on December 05, 2013, 02:11:54 amLike dogs though, some cats, even a few rodents. Have you got any video of one of those with a pretty jaket and doing a nice dance?  ;)


Sorry. The only word that comes to my mind is "Lame". I like dangerous animals. I think it might be a personality defect if not one of my best attributes.  ;)

Quote from: Dune on December 05, 2013, 03:54:02 amYou'd almost wish they were dog-big and you could have some in a paddock  ;)


You da man Dude!

Zairyn Arsyn

wow. just wow
i'm lost for words on these.

their welcome to setup shop on my porch, but they need to stay hell out of my house. ;D
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Kadri

Quote from: PabloMack on December 05, 2013, 12:35:00 pm
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I have seen or heard it said several times lately that, no matter where you are, you are within six feet (i.e. two meters) of a spider.
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I hate you Pablo. I looked around nervously when i read this :D

I liked those videos very much.Thanks.
I think i have arachnophobia . But i can tolerate 2 kind of spiders .
Those very small jumping spiders and Cellar Spider like ones.
I can hold those ones in my hands for example but any other kind makes me shudder.
When i see a spider in our house i can not feel safe anymore until i kill it.

Cheers.

PabloMack

Quote from: Kadri on December 07, 2013, 01:16:10 amI looked around nervously when i read this :D


I'm sure they are counting the (almost?) microscopic ones. I'll try to find the video of a lady researcher who was counting them in some forest floor litter. She said that there were several hundred per square meter but the overwhelming majority of them are so small you need a magnifying glass to know the moving specs of pepper are actually spiders. They are likely counting mites as spiders. I also have to admit that I have a detectable arachnophobia. If someone put a 3 cm spider on my back I would most likely lose coordinated control of my striated muscle activity.  :-[


Kadri

Quote from: PabloMack on December 07, 2013, 10:30:10 am
... I also have to admit that I have a detectable arachnophobia. If someone put a 3 cm spider on my back I would most likely lose coordinated control of my striated muscle activity.  :-[


Nothing to be sorry;It is the logic way to handle that kind of situation for me too Pablo :)

TheBadger

December 07, 2013, 06:32:39 pm #10 Last Edit: December 07, 2013, 09:59:20 pm by TheBadger
On a drive to AZ, after visiting home in the midwest, I stopped in New Mexico at a motel. I was exhausted, it was 3am and I needed a nap. I took the first Motel I saw upon deciding I could not drive any further without sleep.

The place was a dump. But I did not want to think about what kind of filth was in that room, I just wanted to sleep.

I awoke sometime later to the feel of something on my chest. Something substantial. It had weight. It had fur. It had more legs than I could tolerate. And it was moving ever so lightly under my shirt.

I was up in a flash.

In one frantic motion I had my shirt off and scruched up into a wad, and threw it at the wall furthest from me. The impact was like a punch. It hit and made a sound that told me the mass.
I turned on a light and searched, but I could hardly keep my eyes open. It was difficult even to think, I could hardly walk I was still so tired. I wanted out of that room, but I had to sleep or driving again in the morning would be a dangerous thing.

I finally gave up my hunt for the monster and wrapped myself up in the blanket at tightly as I could, like a cocoon. It was so hot curled up like that, but it was my only defense.

I wish you guys could hear the sound of that thud when the thing hit the wall. Then you would know my hatred.

I was not afraid, but I was so angry I wanted to kill every spider on earth that night.

As I am writing this now all I can think of is that scene in Stephen Kings "The Mist". THe part where the spider eggs hatch inside the living man and eat their way out of his face and body. They came out of him by the hundreds.  >:( I imagine the mother must have been big too.

This is not even the worst spider story I have.

Damn things.

It has been eaten.

Kadri


Reading was nasty enough what you have experienced Michael :(
I think i had changed the Motel probably.

I had not such a scary experience but i still hate them.
I remember these kind of studies :

http://www.post-gazette.com/healthscience/2007/03/07/Why-do-we-think-spiders-and-snakes-are-so-scary-It-just-might-be-evolution/stories/200703070215

If you have more recent links please post them.

The first time i remember that i was afraid of them was probably after a Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movie when i was 8-10 years old  .
There were big spiders that killed people.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0035795/combined   this one probably.

TheBadger

It has been eaten.

Kadri


"Big" like in "Lord of the rings" but without that budged and CGI :)
Here are some photos:
http://jabootu.net/?p=8355

yossam