lions and tigers and bears, oh my

Walked face-first into a spiderweb today. Always fun. Mind you, close up, the sound of my hair tearing free of the spider silk was rather spectacular. The minutes I then spent picking spider web off my face and peering frantically to make sure there wasn't a wolf spider in my hair or down my top, not so much fun. I could understand if I'd been out bushbashing, but in fact I had just stepped out of my front door.

Bloody Australian spiders and their taste for manflesh.

On the topic of which, there's a huntsman in the dining room, lurking above the glass doors, who gets very irate whenever I pull the curtains to or fro. I'm currently operating on the time-honoured huntsman interaction policy of "If I just ignore him, he won't eat me in the night, and sooner or later he'll go away". Because, quite frankly, true-blue Aussie or not, I have to admit that huntsman spiders creep me the hell out. It's the way their legs DON'T FIT inside an upended bowl, and the way they will hang on one spot of your wall for weeks on end and then overnight they'll have moved to a spot which, in spider terms, is clearly more than a single night's journey away.

4 thoughts on “lions and tigers and bears, oh my

  1. That's one thing I really don't miss about long hair – was never quite sure I'd checked the whole mane when it came to spidery encounters. Euch! Can't help thinking the spider is just sitting over the door frame, all "hehe, another suckah."

    I haven't seen a spider in ages, and that's fiiiiine with me.

  2. It wouldn't be a wolf spider, silly. They don't spin webs in the air. Much more likely (especially where you are) to be an Orb-weaver spider:

    Every time I've ever walked into one of their webs, they always scuttle away quickly. Not biters, them.

    Still creepy though.

  3. Hi, to overcome any negative feelings you might have against spiders I have written children's novel about the birth of a spider with only seven legs. If you google Olivia Eddy "The Hatchling" will appear in softcover or ebook form. I can only say that if you read this book you will learn about spiders as well as be entertained. I think it will give you a different perspective on them anyway. Kind regards.

  4. @Tessa: you haven't seen a spider in ages? I am so totally coming to live with you. I keep thinking of those spiders in the farside cartoon, spinning a web over the foot of a slippery dip.

    @Jan: dude, sooooo not a golden orb weaver (although love the Be Careful on the Spider Identification Chart), but after googling I agree, not in truth a wolf spider. Don't know what spider it was, though – doesn't seem to be on the chart I just linked. Which is good news, eh? Not venomous or dangerous! Bloody enormous and hairy, though.

    @Olivia: Thanks, I'll keep an eye out for it. I'm not sure anything will cure my spider nerves, though.

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