Tuesday, May 24, 2011

This is So Totally Random!

I am aware that nature needs bugs, spiders, snakes, etc. to make the eco-system work.  That's absolutely wonderful!  As long as they stay their asses away from me!

The past week, I have had more encounters with spiders than I have in my entire life!  And these spiders have not been the friendliest of sorts neither!  For the last 15 years, we have lived on a farm and outside of the common 'Daddy Long Leg', I didn't run into many spiders at all.  Really?  You would think you would see quite a few on a farm, but naughta.

The first spider I had the pleasure of coming across was what my friend called a 'Trap Door Spider' as it lashed out at her foot.  She screamed!  I screamed and didn't even know what the hell I was screaming at!  She walks back up to this tiny, little hole in the ground and puts a stick down the the opening and damn!  Here comes this creature out of the hole like it's going to grab a hold of that stick and tear it up!  This is what it looked like.
And this is after I doused it with about 1/2 gallon of gasoline!  It was still moving...hardy little creature.

The next two I encountered was while my son was moving a stack of cement block.  I told him to watch out for snakes, but never even thought of spiders.  He and his buddy messed with this dude for quite awhile before I figured out what was going on.  This little guy was mean!  He had fangs and was biting into everything you put in his path.  Even things that weren't in his path, he would take off charging at anything he could charge at.  I have no idea what this crazy creature is, so if you happen to know, please comment and let me know.  This is what he looked like before I smashed him with a part of a block!
Now, the last one we came across was one the boys told me was a 'Black Widow'.  Of course, when it comes to identifying spiders, I am totally clueless.  Okay, if that's what you want to call it, Black Widow it is.
I apologize for the last two photos.  The clarity is not the best.  But hey, I may not be a spider expert but I'm not a dumb-ass either!  I know good and well what a 'Black Widow' can do and I wasn't going to get any closer to that damn thing than I had to in order to snap a picture!  They wouldn't let me kill this one and now he resides in the bottom of a bottle.  For the time being anyhow.

So, if I have any spider experts reading this post that can tell me what these darling little creatures are, I would greatly appreciate it.

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Savira Gupta said...

Hate spiders! Scroll down quickly to leave you a comment!

Anna said...

@ Savira, I hate them as well! I just wish they would go over to someone else's yard and leave me alone!

Bongo said...

Yuckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As always...XOXOXOOX

Finding One's Way said...


What a wicked web we weave when first we practice to deceive.
I love spiders

SJ said...

I know feel sick, I had to skip the pictures, so no way of helping you identify any of those - just going to jump up and down and run around like a nutter. I felt something crawl down my back arghhhhhhh,,,,

Anna said...

@ Bongo, I'm right there with you girl!
@ Jessica, do you love snakes too??? ughhh, spiders. No thank you :)
@ SJ, it's funny how when you see a spider or bug, right away you start feeling something 'crawling'? You better go and find out what it is!

BornStoryteller said...

Oh, you're all such girls..
oh..wait..you are.

Never mind. :)

Finding One's Way said...

No, I hate snakes! but spiders are pretty cool, I would not want one for a pet, nor would I want to be bitten by one. The are cool creatures non the less..

Roy Durham said...

top trap door spider middle brown recluse, last black widow. nice friendly bunch you got there.
all poisonous. will make you sick if bitten and can kill if the bite is not taken care of . if bitten take a benadryl and if you can put the spider in a jar so the doctor can identify it see a doctor as soon as possible. you probably don't wan't to know this but you and most people eat 30 to 50 spiders in their sleep ever night little spiders about the size of a pin head enter a sleeping person or animal to feed on the bacterium in a animal mouth but some time we swallow and bye bye spider. have fun and don't worry about them just kept your distant thank you and god bless ps i don't like spider ether.

Anna said...

@BornStoryteller, ah yeh, we are such girls!
@ Jessica, yes I can see you and spiders. Better yet, I can see you with a huge snake wrapped around you doing a wild dance! LOL
@ Roy, thanks for the info Roy. Really didn't need to know about the little itsy-bitsy spiders during my sleep tho. I could have done without that knowledge!

Jessica M said...

eeeek! I actually think spiders can be graced with a delicate beauty, but best seen on the other side of my windowpane or from a distance! They are beautiful, but freaky! We've been having a kind of invasion over here in our house lately, not sure why, maybe because spring is in full bloom! My friend was visiting and she is horribly afraid of them, started shrieking, we had three on our wall!

Dangerous Linda said...

Great post and photos! haha!

The spider is a totem which is thought to highlight creativity and balance in legends from many cultures.

Spider is also the keeper of knowledge of the primordial alphabet and a totem for writers.

According to "Animal Speak" by Ted Andrews: If spider has come into your life, ask yourself some important questions. Are you not weaving your dreams and imaginings into reality? Are you not using your creative opportunities? Are you feeling closed in or stuck as if in a web?

sweepyjean said...

WOW! Plus the info from Roy was not too encouraging! Well, you are pretty brave to take the pictures. I hate to kill spiders or any bug because I am afraid of the karma coming back on me, not to mention the icky gushing of their insides!! BTW, Daddy Long Legs are really scary too!

Larry Lewis said...

What a delightful read before i retire to bed. Thank god i'm a bloke and have no fear of creepy crawly things. So will take my newspaper to bed all rolled up .. ready to strike ... to protect my good lady of course