frauenfelder — 2014-05-08T12:35:31-04:00 — #1
acerplatanoides — 2014-05-08T12:38:58-04:00 — #2
edgore — 2014-05-08T12:42:41-04:00 — #3
Cool! I can use that site to terrify TWO phobic subsets of friends, and to KILL those that fall into the intersection!!
crenquis — 2014-05-08T13:09:04-04:00 — #4
That's cute -- eating fuzzy little mammals...
Watch out for the large spiders that eat $%^&# dinosaurs!
boundegar — 2014-05-08T13:28:26-04:00 — #5
I am more concerned about the ones that eat hobbitses.
ratel — 2014-05-08T13:29:36-04:00 — #6
Nephila (taken near Khao Yai, Thailand). They cheerfully munch on birds, probably bats. You don't have to travel far from home to see arthropods predating chordates: the big Argiope spiders in my parents' yard in Arkansas routinely catch and eat tree frogs.
ratel — 2014-05-08T14:08:27-04:00 — #7
It's a pity the article doesn't explain what is going on in picture K. I'm curious as to whether the second spider is a male, arriving at the scene of the feast in hopes of mating with a less-hungry female, or whether it's actually a freeloader spider, on of a number of species specifically evolved to mooch off of the webs of the larger orb web spinners, such as Argyrodes.
pixleshifter — 2014-05-08T15:09:20-04:00 — #8
These are Golden Orb spiders. It's their silk you hear about in science stories about tensile strength.
I've had a fishing rod bend in half after getting snagged in a nest. I say nest because their webs are generally messy, lots of them living together in a whole community.
thecorrectline — 2014-05-08T16:21:09-04:00 — #9
That's ok. I didn't really need to sleep this year anyways.
gilbertwham — 2014-05-08T17:51:23-04:00 — #10
It might just be a spider likes to fuck dead bats? After a few of those pictures, I'm prepared to believe that's possibly a thing. And I like spiders.
boundegar — 2014-05-09T00:45:16-04:00 — #11
Well who doesn't, amirite?
cecalli — 2014-05-09T12:25:44-04:00 — #12
Bizarre, absolutely, I still wonder if somewhere in the world exists a cave or a part of the jungle with a spider capable of eating a human. This freaks me out! Nature is marvelous and terrifying at the same time.
crenquis — 2014-05-09T21:11:20-04:00 — #13
Whatever you do, don't imagine this little guy cartwheeling up your blanket:
I imagine that its last little leap is straight to face-hugger position.
frauenfelder — 2014-05-13T12:35:36-04:00 — #14
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