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Old 01-18-08, 07:22 PM   #1
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Itsy Bitsy... Outside My Window!

- saw this little guy (Gasteracantha cancriformis) outside my window this afternoon:

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Old 01-18-08, 07:25 PM   #2
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...spider, went up the water spout...
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Old 01-18-08, 07:39 PM   #3
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Keep that thing in Pinellas Park would ya?
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Wow, that's pretty cool looking!
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Neat looking anachrid.
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s/he's cute!
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s/he's cute!
she

(the male is only 2-3mm; this baby was a centimeter wide)
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(the male is only 2-3mm; this baby was a centimeter wide)
Like I said, keep that thing on your side of Tampa Bay.
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Oh, we saw those in Bermuda (or a close cousin). They are WAY cool.

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Are those things only in the SouthEast? I remember seeing them all over around Gainesville when I was growing up there. But more commonly we had banana spiders. They are scary looking but I dated a girl that would catch them in her bare hands and hold them.
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But more commonly we had banana spiders. They are scary looking but I dated a girl that would catch them in her bare hands and hold them.
What happened? Did she die?
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Old 01-18-08, 09:28 PM   #12
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They aren't poisonous. Nothing happened other than all of us getting freaked out.
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This is a banana spider. I'd never touch one.
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the other "itsy bitsy" which I assumed was outside your window

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itsy_Bi...lka_Dot_Bikini

either my taste in music is eclectic (it's not on my ipod thankfully) or I am officially old
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STOMP STOMP CRUSH DESTROY argh!
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I like spiders. That is a very cool looking one.
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the other "itsy bitsy" which I assumed was outside your window

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itsy_Bi...lka_Dot_Bikini

either my taste in music is eclectic (it's not on my ipod thankfully) or I am officially old
I thought the same. I must also either be odd or old.
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the other "itsy bitsy" which I assumed was outside your window

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itsy_Bi...lka_Dot_Bikini

either my taste in music is eclectic (it's not on my ipod thankfully) or I am officially old
Juvenile or geriatric, which is worse?
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Bugs in Cairo??

I remember the big yellow ones, you could see the sunlight through. Creeps me out just thinkin about it!!!!
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Are those things only in the SouthEast? I remember seeing them all over around Gainesville when I was growing up there. But more commonly we had banana spiders. They are scary looking...
In the warmer months, before walking through the yard I always grab a stick to wave in front of me. Nothing worse than running into a web and thinking, "didn't I see a 6" banana spider around here last week?"
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In the warmer months, before walking through the yard I always grab a stick to wave in front of me. Nothing worse than running into a web and thinking, "didn't I see a 6" banana spider around here last week?"
banana spider? If your in the US, they wont hurt you. If you are in S. America, well, kiss it all goodbye if you get bit by what is commonly referred to as a banana spider down there.
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The design on its back looks like a Rorshach test! That's pretty cool.
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I found a dimpled spider, fat and white,
On a white heal-all, holding up a moth
Like a white piece of rigid satin cloth --
Assorted characters of death and blight
Mixed ready to begin the morning right,
Like the ingredients of a witches' broth --
A snow-drop spider, a flower like a froth,
And dead wings carried like a paper kite.

What had that flower to do with being white,
The wayside blue and innocent heal-all?
What brought the kindred spider to that height,
Then steered the white moth thither in the night?
What but design of darkness to appall?--
If design govern in a thing so small.
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Just another reason I'm glad to live in New Jersey.
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