Found this female cross orbweaver (Araneus diadematus) with a MASSIVE abdomen (pregnant?). Never seen one this huge! Moved her somewhere safe. :)
AS: wow she really is huge, she is probably going to lay an egg sac, she’s actually a Shamrock orb weaver, I’m glad you moved to a safe location :)
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Found this female cross orbweaver (Araneus diadematus) with a MASSIVE abdomen (pregnant?). Never seen one this huge! Moved her somewhere safe. :)

AS: wow she really is huge, she is probably going to lay an egg sac, she’s actually a Shamrock orb weaver, I’m glad you moved to a safe location :)

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lemon drop orb weaver with egg sac
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lemon drop orb weaver with egg sac

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buggirl:

I’m working on a presentation on my research.  Thankfully, there is no shortage of spider photos on my computer!
Spiny Orb Weaver, Maquipucuna, Ecuador

buggirl:

I’m working on a presentation on my research.  Thankfully, there is no shortage of spider photos on my computer!

Spiny Orb Weaver, Maquipucuna, Ecuador

AS: neat picture of an orb weaver!
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AS: neat picture of an orb weaver!

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Anonymous asked: I'm going to Australia soon and I'll be there in the summer months. More specifically, I'll be on the East coast (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane) I don't have a fear of spiders but I don't like the idea being bitten repetitively with scary fangs in my sleep... how scared should I be??

Well Australia seems to have deadliest anything it would seem as my Austrailan followers will be well aware, the most prominent arachnid “threat” would be from the funnel web spider

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These cute pudgy guys are only toxic to people oddly enough, and they’re mainly dangerous (using that term only because they could possibly kill you) is that they like to hide, and if you leave your shoes laying around they think it’s a good place to hide and then people put their feet in and get bitten because the spider feels like it needs to protect itself, it unfortunate. So always check your shoes no matter where you leave them, and look where you put your hands or where your going to sit just to be on the safe side, according to this site Funnel-web spider bites are extremely painful. They usually cause tingling or numbness in the mouth or lips within 10 - 15 minutes. These bites can be very dangerous, and have been known to cause all of the following symptoms" there is a very long list on the site. They are usually not deadly if medical care is sought quickly enough and also depends on your age, height and weight. So I’d say just be careful period in Australia as it’s a beautiful country (i’ve always wanted to go) but full of animals with the equipment to make you very sick or kill you in 2 mins (like the box jelly).

have fun and stay safe!

Shelob making sure her thermometer is working haha

Shelob making sure her thermometer is working haha

Flower mimic crab spider!
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Flower mimic crab spider!

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a Dolomedes albineus, a kind of fishing spider close up
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Dolomedes albineus, a kind of fishing spider close up

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i think this spider is called a golden silk orb weaver; when i was in costa rica, these pretty babies were everywhere. this picture is from corcovado national park
AS: yes that is a golden orb weaver! great picture!!!
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i think this spider is called a golden silk orb weaver; when i was in costa rica, these pretty babies were everywhere. this picture is from corcovado national park

AS: yes that is a golden orb weaver! great picture!!!

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In honor of October here’s a Pumpkin Patch tarantula! (not mine she’s hiding)
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In honor of October here’s a Pumpkin Patch tarantula! (not mine she’s hiding)

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