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Old 02-28-2013, 11:34 AM  
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A Break From The Alex Smith Drama: Urbanization Is Supersizing Spiders

City living brings with it a few shifts in lifestyle compared to rural habitation: shorter commutes, accessible shops and, often, an over-reliance on restaurant dining and fast food. Another side effect of the congested, cramped, cement-laded city life is that the temperature tends to be a little warmer year-round, a shift known as the “urban heat island” effect.

As it turns out, these changes aren’t only affecting cities’ human populations. In Australia, where spiders already have a propensity to be terrifyingly large, new research by University of Sydney PhD candidate Lizzy Lowe, says The Age, found that Sydney’s higher temperatures and easier access to food are driving the spiders to grow even bigger.

She studied the golden orb weaver in three types of environments in and around Sydney – urban parks, remnant bushland and continuous bushland. Twenty sites were studied and, for each spider web found, she assessed its proximity to man-made objects and vegetation.

Comparing the sizes of the spiders, she found that the city spiders outpaced the country spiders. And, though her research focused only on Golden orb weaver spiders, she suggests that the same effect can probably be seen in other species.

A female golden orb weaver spider. Photo: Arthur Chapman


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Old 02-28-2013, 08:57 PM   #61
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No worries about me mastering the hover squat. I'm scared that a damn spider is going to bite my butt now.
I think it is damn near impossible to squat and poop while looking behind you. And I am pretty sure a spider can hide in a pile of broken ceramic.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:59 PM   #62
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I think it is damn near impossible to squat and poop while looking behind you. And I am pretty sure a spider can hide in a pile of broken ceramic.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:06 PM   #63
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I think it is damn near impossible to squat and poop while looking behind you. And I am pretty sure a spider can hide in a pile of broken ceramic.
True. I guess I'll A.C. Slater from now.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:06 PM   #64
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Anybody remember this? I watched this as a kid about 100 times.

William ****ing Shatner battling evil hordes of spiders.



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Old 02-28-2013, 09:13 PM   #65
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:29 PM   #66
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:43 PM   #67
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:47 PM   #68
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Brazilian news outlet G1 spoke with a local biologist who says the spider activity is actually quite normal. He identified the species as Anelosimus eximius, a "social spider" known for its massive colonies that create blankets of webs. The behavior might also seem familiar to people in Chicago, where each year the city experiences an influx of "flying spiders" so many that earlier this year the Hilton's Magnificent Miles Suites hotel formally requested guests keep their windows shut to avoid the annual migration. This species, known as Larinioides sclopetarius, spin their silk into balloon-like formations and ride lakefront air currents to crevices in high rises downtown.
Its the worldwide web.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:05 PM   #69
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I've never bothered to pay for exterminators or anything and generally I don't mind spiders. However, I went to school with a girl that had a recluse bite on her wrist that scarred into a big medallion shaped scar where a watch would sit; kind odd looking.

I've also seen the necrosis on dogs from recluse bites. So a recluse scares the bejesus out of me, especially since they live in shoes and the bites rarely hurt until your flesh starts to rot.

So I pick up my golf shoes last summer and I see a couple of soft brown spiders no bigger than a penny. I get pretty close to take a look at them..."MOTHER OF GOD!"

Went and looked online again to be sure, yup, a pair of recluses living under my golf shoe.

I called the exterminator and told him to nuke the site from orbit. Fire, floods, whatever it took. He didn't really believe me, but when he was done he confirmed that he found a few in the garage.

Yeah, I'm an irrational pussy when it comes to that one single type of spider.
Yea, shitty thing about exterminating for spiders is they charge out the ass because they claim the only way to kill them is on contact
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Again, spiders are the ultimate ****s.


I do not **** around with spiders.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:48 PM   #71
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What no love for this link....thought it was hillarious

Nice lil PSA on spiders. Quite educational.

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Damn, I think a few of those a big enough to use RAID as cologone.

That would call for a 12 gauge.

Here spider...............BOOM....BOOM....BOOM!!!

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