Posted: 03/10/2013 at 20:26
Does anyone else think the markings on Glen's back look like eyes? He look like a really surprised chibi ... er ... something.
My personal favourites are the missing sector orb weavers. They make their webs as horseshoe-shapes from the outside in, leaving a gap where there's a thicker line, then they lurk between bricks or something, out of sight of birds, with just two feet on that line and wait for it to start trembling. When something is caught, they rush to the middle and start shaking the web. They can feel the vibrations bounce back off the caught insect. It's like sonar. Sometimes, if they find a good place to lurk well back from the front edge of a deeply-recessed window, they'll have the web at the front and live well behind it, and then they don't need a whole missing sector around the signal line so they make a few full circuits at the outside before they start with the ever-smaller horseshoe-shapes. Clever little architects!
Anyone who finds them creepy ought to avoid the golden silk orb weaver. They're great to have around, especially if you do not like cockroaches, but if you don't like British "big" spiders you'll have issues with the golden silk kind.
The USA's variant is also known as a banana spider or writing spider and, as far as I know, totally harmless ... to humans
Australia, being Australia, has one that's only slightly less lethal than a black widow, so, by Australian standards, it's extremely mild.