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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Heeby Jeebies

I came home today, went to put my key in the door handle and realized this was three inches from my hand

(go ahead and click on that picture, see it just like I saw it, I dare you)
What the hell kind of spider is that!?! I normally try to leave spiders alone, as long as they don't try to crawl on me. I will turn my head, try and pretend I didn't see them, and just let them be on their way. But this freak has to go!!

10 comments:

Megan said...

I would have died!!! There are spiders everywhere out here and I hate it. This friend of yours has a hilarious bottom though. Pretty bottom heavy. Hahaha. I don't know why I think that's funny but I do! I need to take my baby and get out of the house :)

Wade The Rascal said...

http://www.wildutah.us/h_spider_cat.html

Kari, check this link out. It will show you a picture. The closest thing I can find to your big-bottomed friend is a Cat Face spider. I think that may be it. They are fairly common around here, especially at this time of year. Check your window wells and such. They usually are out and not hiding. Again, it's my best guess.

Wade The Rascal said...

Also, and more importantly, cat face spiders are harmless to people. And, they're beneficial, in that they kill other, larger insects, spiders and garden pests. That one in your post looks like a mated female. She will likely lay eggs and then die--just like in Charlotte's Web. And, the babies feed on each other so, only a few will survive. So, if I'm correct, you have a good friend. If not, well, you're on your own.

Britta said...

We have tons of spiders here too - thought maybe I'd escape that but Utah is not alone....that being said, I used to spray our window wells and doorways with hotshot spider killer - it lasts for like 3-6 months. That way the spiders stay OUTSIDE!

Kari said...

Wade - I'm pretty sure it is the cat face spider, which we actually used to get in our garden growing up, but I haven't seen one in a long time. Your link has the same weird square back though. I wish I had been able to read your comment earlier, cause...ummm...yeah, the spider is gone. Now I feel bad.

Kristen said...

I have the same spider on my front porch, and had a few last year as well. I always forget it is there, and end up stading right under it. I am too afraid to kill it, for fear that it will attack me. But, I am a little comforted knowing that it is harmless. Thanks Wade the Rascal. They are just so scary looking.

Swede_Lady said...

I used to be more tolerant of spiders until a co-worker was bit eleven times by a brown recluse. About that time Lucia was also bit by spiders a few time. Mom always insisted we scoop the spider up and put it in the garden. However, good or bad spider I prefer them to stay outside now.

Susie said...

Oh my hell. Ew. Yeah, I would have freaked and killed it as well.

Andrea said...

That is disturbing. I wish I hadn't clicked on the picture to look at is close up. I can almost feel it crawling on me (shudder!).

Tracie Bramhall said...

Gross! I definitely would have killed the nasty spider as quickly as possible. Freaky!