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Old 10-27-07, 01:30 PM
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What can i feed a spider?

There's this spider in my back yard, it's about the size of a small bottle cap and it's been building this huge web that's about 3ft in diameter for the 3 hours. I feel bad for the poor sucker cause it's in an area of the hard that has almost no insects. Can I throw like, a piece of ham in there?
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I found a GREAT delicacy for a spider once back when I was a teen. Take about a quarter of a paper towel, roll it into a very tight ball. Soak it in a tad bit of gasoline, making sure it stays a tight ball. Then throw it into the web. He'll yum it up!
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You have a back yard?
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Power Bar?

Or just leave the window open at night while you sleep, and it will feed on you.
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Originally Posted by donnamb View Post
You have a back yard?
Uh... it's what we would call a "yard" in NYC... it's more like, a 15x15 space behind the house that the kitchen opens up into.
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Ok.. any suggestions where I don't have to kill the damn thing??
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Look around storm windows for dead flies?
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Are you sure there are no bugs in that area? I'm sure there are some, if you look hard enough. And I'm sure the spider which catch something to eat, soon enough.

edit: and I just said 'sure' three times in that post.
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Oh you're in NYC.

Feed it gentrifying yuppies.

Unless, of course you yourself...
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I've watched one of those orbweavers build a web. He spent all the time building it and was gone by the next morning. I figure a bird got him or he moved on.
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they can go months without eating if you are going to feed him you'll need a live fly or insect .The struggles are what make it go for its prey. Only good spider is a dead one
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Spiders seem to only like live prey. I tried to feed one some dead bugs and all I did was clutter the web.

Catch a bug not big enough to bust up the web. Toss it on. And then watch the show. It is fascinating.

Ants are good. Flies even better.
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We feed live crickets to our 4 pet tarantulas.
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That's what I was going to say...
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Originally Posted by Stacey View Post
That's what I was going to say...
+1 on all who said live insects.
I gently tap medium sized ants just enough to make them spastic then throw them into the web. The struggling vibrations of the ant tranfers to the spider and it pounces on it. Rather cool to watch and help out our little friends.
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An even cooler live animal to check out ar ant lions. Found in warmer areas like Florida. Their haunts look like reverse any hills in the dirt. Cone shaped depressions.

When I was a kid I collected them and kept them in a box in my room. You take an ant and drop it into the cone. It's struggle to scramble out will end abruptly when the antlion suddenly pops out from the bottom and snags it.

Watching them form their pits is interesting also.
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put some dog crap under the web. in the history of the world, there has never been a flieless pile of dog poo. no dog, get creative.
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put some dog crap under the web. in the history of the world, there has never been a flieless pile of dog poo. no dog, get creative.
A dead body would work also.
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in nyc the pick pockets robbing the corpse would kill the spider and smoke it.
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Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
in nyc the pick pockets robbing the corpse would kill the spider and smoke it.
Probably smoke the poop also.
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Seems like just dropping a banana peel might work for drawing flies and possibly smell better than dog crap.
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Don't feed it.

How do you think it got so friggin' big in the first place?

He's eating well, don't worry....
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