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Spider-Man is having me for dinner tonight...

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  1. trapdoor2

    trapdoor2 Senior Stratmaster

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    We usually have a couple of Argiope hanging around this time of year. We usually name the biggest two "Daphnis" and "Chloe".

    This year, Daphnis has built the web at face level just above the dog's water trough (Chloe is in the bushes on the other side of the house). I have to duck down under the web to access the spigot and trough. Almost got a face full last night but I remembered this morning (thankfully).
     
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    Not specifically, plus she is barely getting by, hard even to walk. I help her out by grocery shopping for her and odds and ends. I'm a bit worried about her, but can only do so much.
     
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    Chont Most Honored Senior Member

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    Sorry to hear that

    I hope she gets the treatment she needs. The Lyme Literate docs ususually don’t take insurance but it’s worth researching who’s in your area that can help. I’m sure she’s done a lot of research already though.

    We are very fortunate that our Lyme doctor doesn’t charge much because he wants to help people. Nothing compared to some of the other Docs within drivable distance.

    There’s also bee venom therapy but that’s kinda freaky. Supposedly you have To have The bee sting you or it doesn’t have the same effect. Gets pretty crazy if you dig into the Lyme world.

    Check out Under our skin if you haven’t already.
     
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  4. Malurkey

    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

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    I walked in about half an hour ago. No sign of the vicious predator.

    Just now, I take out the trash and there it is!

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    (S)he built an entirely door spanning web in less than 30 minutes! And managed to catch two flies.

    (S)he’s probably just biding his/her time, waiting to catch the big price...
     
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    CigBurn Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I moved this one from my doorway a couple days ago. The next morning he/she'd already fixed the webbing I'd moved.

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    Pretty decent sized spidey for around here, body alone is about an inch.
     
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  6. Strat Jacket

    Strat Jacket Senior Stratmaster

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    Time for Affirmative Action.
     
  7. Malurkey

    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

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    Yes!

    I have instructed the family we will no longer be using the front door. Wednesday the cleaning lady comes. Hopefully, the spider will catch her instead of any family members.

    When the spider has eaten our cleaning lady it will hopefully be satisfied and move on to richer hunting grounds. There is a retirement home down the street, so the spider has alternatives...

    Edit: Yes, I know a good cleaning lady is hard to find. But we’ve discussed this, and it’s a sacrifice we’re willing to make.
     
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    Strat Jacket Senior Stratmaster

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    Surely you jest. Once the cleaning lady has been disposed of, it's appetite will have been keenly honed. My urgent suggestion is a quick transplant to said nursing home, where there is always fresh food available. Not to mention good cleaning ladies are hard to come by these days.
     
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    Yupp spiders amaze me... Had a big one just outside the back door. Amazing thing would build a web inside of a half an hour and would be gone by first light.

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    She did this for about a week and then was gone.
     
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    There are some really good photos in this thread.
     
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    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

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    Well, normally I’d set the tortoise loose, but she can’t jump that high...

    The spider has vanished again, and my wife removed the web. Quite by accident, I should add. She’s terrified of spiders.
     
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    That cleaning lady looks nowhere near as nutritious as our cleaning lady..
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    All spiders are vain!
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    So, they probably think this thread is about them.

    :whistling:
     
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    :):):):):):):)
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    That guy looks like he belongs on a leash! :eek:

    I used to feed ants to the spiders around my house when I was growing up.

    Those recluse things are scary as heck! Thankfully they aren't in my area according to that map.
     
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    But they have legs:sneaky:
     
  20. ukoldgit

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    This is what we get in the UK, harmless unless your allergic but can be big ol boys (and gurls) the ladies of course love them:eek:
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