Wordless Wednesday – Spiders!

by Deb on February 23, 2011

We have lots of spiders, vacuuming the Daddy-long-legs from the corners of the ceiling is part of the normal housework.  But since moving into our new house we seem to have lots of huntsmen as well.  And there are enormous orb spider colonies outside.  Personally I consider this good because spiders are great at eating insects, and I like a bit of biological rather than chemical control.

Then the other day we had this:

huntsman babies

Those little brown dots aren’t dirt on the ceiling, they are huntsman babies.  There were at least a hundred of them.

huntsman

And here’s Mama.  Baby huntsmen actually stay with their mothers for a few weeks before dispersing!  I didn’t know spiders cared for their young.

huntsman baby

And a few days later one had made it into another room.

orb spiders

This is one of our colonies of orb spiders.  They aren’t really floating in space, they build extremely large communal webs.  The black dots behind the big one are her larder, but all the other little black dots are spiders.  We had one of these before a cyclone hit, afterwards there were little colonies starting all over the garden.  They aren’t poisonous, but not fun to walk into.

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jenny @ let the children play February 23, 2011 at 9:25 am

We have 2 giant huntsmen living in the corners of the ceiling of one of our playrooms at preschool (that we know of – I’m sure there are more that we can’t see!) – the kids have named them; we have looked them up in books; we talk about how they catch insects in their webs so they help us at preschool…..they have prompted loads of talk on all things to do with spiders and safety and protecting our eight legged friends. Now when we go inside we automatically look up to check that they are still there!
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A-M February 23, 2011 at 9:32 am

Interesting photos… I find spiders creepy creatures. They say huntsmen spiders are good to have in the house as they eat other pesty insects.
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katepickle February 23, 2011 at 10:25 am

We’ve been having the biggest fattest huntsmen spiders around our place too… I assumed it is all the rain making everything grow and bringing all the insects?

We’ve even had the spiders that fly on their webs like in Charlottes Web.. I thought that was perhaps just fiction but we had an afternoon when thousands of spiders floated past our house in the sunshine!

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Me 'N my Monkeys February 23, 2011 at 10:32 am

Eeww now my skin is crawling.
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Tamara February 23, 2011 at 6:34 pm

You have such interesting photos. I love the sky shot
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Shelley February 23, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I am sooo scared of spiders, but I couldn’t not look at these pics. I think I’ll be having nightmares tonight – loved the last shot though. Happy WW.

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Becky February 23, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Wow! Thanks for sharing these. I’ve never seen so many spiders in one spot as that last pic!
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Trish February 24, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Very interesting pics.
I don’t like spiders on me or walking into webs but I find them interesting , their webs are an artwork.
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