Thursday, July 16, 2015

Throw Back Spider Thursday

We've got the same problem this year... YIKES!

I never ends... the spiders love our pool as much as we do....

After just a few weeks of not using our pool, the enclosure has turned into a spider haven. On Sunday, we (OK, Mr. Cube) caught 33 crab-like spiny orb weaver spiders (Gasteracantha cancriformis) and several egg sacks.

If you click on the above picture, you will get a better look at the thick mass of spiders.


This is what the little devils look like up close...

[The BLOG note: Disclaimer: all spiders were hurt in the making of this post.]


At July 16, 2015 10:13 PM, Anonymous jan said...

I was all set to defend spiders as our friends who eat harmful insects. Then I looked at the pictures. Florida spiders are in a class of their own, not like our sweet shy California spiders.


At July 17, 2015 8:26 AM, Blogger sue hanes said...

Cube - Remind me not to swim in your pool! I hope you got them all out. As you know spiders aren't my favorite thing.

At July 17, 2015 2:14 PM, Blogger cube said...

Jan: Spiders can be our friends but not when they invade MY space. These spiders stay on their webs and that's a good spider in my book, but there are so many of them that we have to [insert evil angel, Gorgan's, voice from the Star Trek episode] ELIMINATE them every pool season.

As to your sweet shy California spiders, I'm most fearful of the ones not on webs. I went into my garage one day and saw a big huntsman spider. I challenged it with stomping and a laundry basket and, yet, it still charged at me. I hate aggressive spiders, unfortunately we get lots of them here in Florida.

I have many spider stories, but sweet, shy spiders sound good to me.

At July 17, 2015 2:21 PM, Blogger cube said...

Sue Hanes: No, don't worry. Our pool is wonderful... now that all the spiders are gone. It's crazy that I don't see these spiders anywhere else than in our pool enclosure. I have no idea why they're attracted to it.

At July 17, 2015 8:49 PM, Blogger Kid said...

I'm not fond of these spiders.

At July 18, 2015 2:44 PM, Blogger cube said...

kid: There are lots worse in these parts. The spiders can get really aggressive down here.

My husband was standing on the driveway one night when a large huntsman spider started to cross the driveway. It stopped midway, turned and looked at him. The light caught in its eyes and made them shine which was a pretty eerie sight. Then the spider turned back to his original route and walked the rest of the way across the driveway. I'm glad I didn't see the glowing spider eyes.


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