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the walls have eyes 
13th-May-2004 03:15 pm
dragons
There's a certain kind of spider I see everywhere. They are beige and spindly, nicely proportioned (i.e. no big body, 'nor stick legs). They vary in size from tiny to half-inch legs. They are antisocial, and like walls and ceilings. I always see them indoors or on cars. They're rather pretty.

I am so craving a digital camera, daily.
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13th-May-2004 03:28 pm (UTC) - roomates
I remember little beige spiders that I lived with up north. They were web spiders. I have no idea what they are called.

We have what we call housekeepers in the subtropics, where I (sorta) live. They are hunters. They can easily get about the size of your palm, including legs. They are nicely proportional too.

They hunt palmetto bugs - a kind of giant cockroach that lives outside and comes in at night.

They are both fairly evenly matched, so it's an incredible battle to see the two fight. The spider tends to loose a leg here and there. It's interesting to see a housekeeper trying to drag a dead palmetto bug across the floor and back to her lair.

My ex, who was much more nocturnal than I, befriended the housekeeper. She would let him pet her sometimes, when he passed her in the hall. She was cautious about getting stepped on, but wasn't afraid of being around us. :)

Happily, she wasn't interested in getting into beds or anything. That, I'm afraid, would be my freak point. ;)
13th-May-2004 07:28 pm (UTC) - Re: roomates
*wants pictures*
15th-May-2004 09:04 pm (UTC) - Re: roommates
That specific spider met a sad end. A guest was told about her, but squashed her anyway when she didn't run away. :( :(

I'm not down there now, although I have no doubt several housekeepers (and lizards and salamanders) have set up territory in my all-but-abandoned home. It will take a little bit after I get back for them to learn to trust me (again).

After that they'll go about their lives without much of a care for me. It's fascinating. It's amazing to give a newly hatched salamander it's first mosquito, while letting it bask on the warmth of your fingertip. They have no caution at all at that age.

I've got to get my own camera too. :)
13th-May-2004 07:27 pm (UTC)
so get one?
Also get a spider ident guide. then you can have fun looking for cool spiders. glance into nearby hedges and such. easy enough to find.
13th-May-2004 11:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah... it unfortunately isn't as urgent as many other things. I'm also still a little afraid to spend as much as I probably need to on something so small and vulnerable.
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