Alan Dean Foster: Predators I Have Known - orb weaver spider


39 Responses to “Alan Dean Foster: Predators I Have Known - orb weaver spider”

  1. Anonymous says:

    But then little jumping spiders are so adorable…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Size doesn’t particulary concern me considering my back yard is home to a myriad of Sydney Funnel-web spider (the most poisonous in the world) and countless rice-grain sized Redback spiders :(

    Add that and the most poisonous snakes in existence and you see why Australians are so cranky

  3. Anonymous says:

    Don’t let the cute smile or the tiny size fool you.

    If you’ve ever seen them in action, these guys are fearsome predators.

    I’ve seen one leap into the middle of another spider’s web because it wanted a quick lunch.

  4. gwailo_joe says:

    Horrible. Just. . .horrible.

    All of ‘em. Jumping spiders are to cute as Joan Rivers is to hot.

    And as for that Golden Finch Killing Spider: I would sooner box a cassowary, lick a poison arrow frog or poke a grizzly cub with a stick then let one of those things even TOUCH me.

    Go ahead, evicerate me. Death by agonizing paralisis? I could deal with that too. Mauled and eaten by incenced mama grizzly (of the non-Palin species) would still be preferable to a lifetime of petite mal seizures, sweaty sleepless nights and foul dreams of those skittering jointed legs and undulating pedipalps. . .Aaacggkkphht how awful.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Nice shot of a golden orb! Where did you take it? Northern Queensland up by Dantree?

  6. Keith K says:

    We get a related species around here in NC, called a writing spider, because of the pattern they make in their webs.
    here’s a pic of one in my back yard:

    I’m always a bit excited to see one of these monsters in the entryway to my house, where they always seem to catch the most bugs.

  7. libelle says:

    Salticidae are adorable little leaping muppets. I mean, look at those soulful eyes! If you want nightmares, look up close at a housefly. Or, if you’re really wanting to shatter your delusions for once and for all, take a very close-up look at the face of a lovely Monarch Butterfly as it feeds on a flower.

    (This latter is very instructive, especially if you extrapolate out to the beautiful humans you see from afar in movies, posters, etc)

  8. Antinous / Moderator says:

    I defy, I say I defy, anyone to say that this spider isn’t adorable and cuddly. She’s just begging for her own Disney franchise.

  9. Steven Barrett says:

    I am in SE NC and every summer, about 20 of those things set up shop around my house.

    I believe that Ungoliant lives in the woods nearby and sends her children after me every year. One day I will wake up to find my entire house encased. Until then I eliminate those things with extreme prejudice.

  10. Quoll says:

    Golden Orbweavers are lovely, and very handy around the garden. I’d much sooner have one of these than redbacks or funnel webs.

    Besides, the looks on our Kiwi friends’ faces when they see it are *priceless*.

  11. tamgoddess says:

    Nice try, folks. Not gonna click.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      You wouldn’t survive where I live. I have black widows, tarantulas and scorpions. All of which are less upsetting that the solfugids.

  12. Anonymous says:

    There is no such thing as a poison fang. Fangs inject venom; poison must be ingested.

  13. tamgoddess says:


    All spider posts must have a unicorn chaser!

    Now I have to go eat some chocolate and it’s all your fault.

  14. Nashville Guy says:

    If I’m thinking of the same golden orb weavers, I’ve always thought their genus name–”Nephila”–was lovely. It sounds so regal, which fits their stature.

    Of course I’m a huge fan of all spiders. Once, while moving some equipment in the backyard, I killed a black widow. I still feel bad about it.

  15. William George says:

    I live in Japan. Don’t be telling me about big bugs. I know big bugs. There are five of them doing the macarena on my futon right now.

    • Mister44 says:

      The Mac arena? How lame. When they start to Crunk let us know.

      • William George says:

        Crunking comes in June and July. April and May is the watusi. August and September it’s whatever that is Soulja Boy does.

        • Mister44 says:

          Oh – forgive my ignorance of the seasons of dance in Japan.

          re: “Add that and the most poisonous snakes in existence and you see why Australians are so cranky”

          The rejected slogan the Australian Tourist Board came up with was, “Australia. If we didn’t kill ya, we made ya stronger. Or maybe in a venom induced coma.”

  16. keanon says:

    That’s venom, not poison.

  17. Snig says:

    I remember a black and yellow garden spider that lived next to our house (Upstate New York) that I remember as being bigger than my palm, though my eyes were bigger and my palms much smaller than now. Likely has grown in my memory over the years too. Liked to eat japanese beetles.

  18. TheMadLibrarian says:

    Most spiders, once they spin a web, stay put. You find them, you go around them, problem solved. Centipedes, OTOH, don’t stay put, and they are sneaky things that patrol looking for AAIGHHH!

  19. Mister44 says:

    Do NOT take the Lord’s, Hieronymus Bosch, name in vain!

    Man I love that guy. It was awesome to see one IRL.

    I have a much smaller species of orb weaver that makes some cool webs near my front door. I have a garden spider that I swear to god is trying to capture me while I mow.

    Re: The unicorn


    It’s a Harvester – here are more that are even more fucking bizzare:

    Arthropods – because god thought we should have a whole phylum from his nightmares.

  20. PeterK says:

    Centipedes also have fangs and poison, and when they get to be a foot long like in the Bahamas, you don’t worry about the spiders any more.

  21. serpent says:

    Yeah, Nephilas are really nice, but I really hate running into their nets – they tend to build them on paths. The material is really tough, it’s like running into that food wrapping plastic. Plus, there is a panicked spider the size of a dinner plate somewhere on your hat.

    • rourin_bushi says:

      Your hat if you’re lucky >.o
      That’s my only real gripe with spiders – the persistent webs across paths. Back in TX, I used to hit webs on the same path both going out to get the newspaper *and* walking back to the house. Freaking fast little buggers.

      Actually, my only complaint with spiders these days is that they make my wife panic >.> that’s annoying as snot to deal with.

  22. Rob Agar says:

    We have goldern orbs in our garden in far north Queensland – they’re big but harmless. They do have the habit of making really big, sticky, make-body-armour-out-of-it strong webs at head height across paths, which *really* ticked off the pool guy early one morning.

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