Dr. Joan Bushwell's Chimpanzee Refuge

I have been known to display my love-hate relationship with spiders here on the Refuge. Knowing my ambivalent feelings toward arachnids, on-line droogs have shared photos of a couple of cool orb weavers, the type of spider I like, versus the lycosids which freak me out.

Spider porn below the fold…

First, Spacebee of Texas shares these pictures of a fine Gasteracantha cancriformis (Crab-like orb weaver) specimen. This spider resides in her backyard, having strung up the web between a starfruit and guava tree.

Now why am I reminded of a Dalkon shield?

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And the rear-view:

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ST of the UK provides the photo below for my squeamish but fascinated entertainment. This is an Araneus sp. chowing down on a damselfly. ST has a pretty serious macro lens on hand. Expect to see her photographs appearing on the Refuge in the future.

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I acknowledge that the above is a beautiful critter, but I can’t shake the feeling of eight phantom legs and those little pedipalps scuttling over my skin.

Maybe I should get a pet tarantula as aversion therapy.

Many thanks to spacebee and ST for the photos!

Comments

  1. #1 Warren
    May 16, 2008

    I can’t shake the feeling of eight phantom legs and those little pedipalps scuttling over my skin.

    Stop it. You’re turning me on.

  2. #2 SDC
    May 18, 2008

    I hope we do see more of ST’s photos in the future. The details in the wings of the damselfly are really beautiful.

    The orb weaver is mighty freaky.

  3. #3 Doc Bushwell
    May 18, 2008

    I hope we do see more of ST’s photos in the future.

    Count on it. There’s a fine example of florotica she just sent which will appear soon. ST’s talent, eye for nature and eye-popping macro lens are wonderful finds.

    Warren, don’t make me do the jumping spider sex dance!

  4. #4 Skwee
    May 28, 2008

    Maybe I should get a pet tarantula as aversion therapy.

    While it sounds like you were joking, having one of these spiders has taught me not to be afraid of creepy-crawly things anymore:

    http://www.mikescritters.com/critters/arachnids/chaco_golden_kneed_tarantul.jpg

    I’ll go back to lurking now. I simply enjoy posting pictures of large hairy spiders.

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