Re: Dixie Cup Capture!!!

From: Chris Hind (
Date: Sun May 09 1999 - 18:00:03 PDT

Date: Sun, 9 May 1999 18:00:03 -0700
From: "Chris Hind" <>
Message-Id: <aabcdefg1605$foo@default>
Subject: Re: Dixie Cup Capture!!!

> If you are afraid of a bite; just remember; stimulus and response. One
> generally has to work at getting a spider to bite them. We are too big for
> prey and few North American spiders above the hard frost line can even
> raise a welt.

In southern cali it appears there are a good number of spiders that bite. We
have big beautiful black widows that hide in woodpiles or old doghouses and
will bite nicely, there are also these reddish brown nasty looking nickel
sized spiders that do the job as well. We have wolf spiders too but what I
hate utmost over all these is the dreaded orb weaver spider. I'm not sure if
it bites but i DO NOT want to find out. These things look like hermit crabs
hanging from webs the exoskeleton is that extensive and the webs are so
strong my dad says jokingly that theyre made of guitar string because you
hear it when they snap. I aimed a garden hose at point blank range at these
circular webs and it didnt budge even after i hosed it full blast. They
always seem to sit directly in the center of their web and make the webs at
head height across walkways which makes the typical arachnophobe namely me
panic after you walk through one and start looking all over yourself to find
where the spider went. Some of the suckers are even too big for sarracenia
and would rot the pitchers if you fed them, going to try my luck with
feeding them to nepenthes this year.

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