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Lilred
08-30-2007, 16:50
Hope this is in the right place. I knew things were big in Texas but this is crazy big. Hate to run into this on those early mornings out of camp.

Lilred
08-30-2007, 16:51
Hope this is in the right place. I knew things were big in Texas but this is crazy big. Hate to run into this on those early mornings out of camp.

Dangit guess it would help to include the link....:rolleyes:

http://news.aol.com/story/_a/spider-web-blankets-part-of-texas-trail/20070830092909990001

wrongway_08
08-30-2007, 16:56
Thats really cool, wonder how many spiders it took?

peanuts
08-30-2007, 17:00
yeah........real coooool

Cuffs
08-30-2007, 17:00
OK, thats just creepy! I'll sleep in and you all hit the trail before me!!

Skidsteer
08-30-2007, 17:18
Quick! One of you Texans run out and gather a bag for Zelph.

He'll want to see if it works for a stove wick.

Footslogger
08-30-2007, 17:28
Kinda looks like the movie set from Lord of the Rings ...

'Slogger

SGT Rock
08-30-2007, 17:33
Pretty interesting.

wrongway_08
08-30-2007, 17:49
Quick! One of you Texans run out and gather a bag for Zelph.

He'll want to see if it works for a stove wick.


Thats funny! :D

beeman
08-30-2007, 18:23
yeahhhhh, I'm thinking arachniphobia. Turn around and walk away. I can visualize those two park rangers wrapped up in the stuff...:eek:

CoyoteWhips
08-30-2007, 19:13
Anything that kills a million mosquitoes is OK in my book.

Phreak
08-30-2007, 19:15
I'd love to see it in person!

zelph
08-30-2007, 20:01
Quick! One of you Texans run out and gather a bag for Zelph.

He'll want to see if it works for a stove wick.

:-? You know me too well. I would like to try it!!!!!!!

When I look at the two Park Rangers standing at the entrance to the Tunnel Of Doom i can hear the one saying to the other "NO!!!!!!!! You go first

What can you hear them saying? Put a caption to the photo!!!!!!!!

Skidsteer
08-30-2007, 20:26
....What can you hear them saying? Put a caption to the photo!!!!!!!!

Something like, "Who's the maintainer for this section?"

Lone Wolf
08-30-2007, 20:29
one of them Iwo Jima era flame throwers would fix that spider's ass.:D

Skidsteer
08-30-2007, 20:44
one of them Iwo Jima era flame throwers would fix that spider's ass.:D

That's what I kept yelling at the screen during Frodo's fight with the spider in Lord of the Rings. :D

Lilred
08-30-2007, 21:35
I wonder what a million mosquitoes screaming, sounds like...

Skidsteer
08-30-2007, 21:40
I wonder what a million mosquitoes screaming, sounds like...

Pretty much like one pesky mosquito sounds like at 0300 in a tent.

Lone Wolf
08-30-2007, 21:42
Pretty much like one pesky mosquito sounds like at 0300 in a tent.

half a second till death

zelph
08-31-2007, 09:22
I don't care how much Zelphs payin for that stuff, I AINT GOIN IN THERE!!!!!!!!!

Tipi Walter
08-31-2007, 09:55
Thanks for the reminder! In 1964 I was backpacking a section of river bank in North Texas and I walked right into a huge spider web strung between two trees(my head was down looking at the ground for snakes so I didn't see the web)and immediately a HUGE spider rushed down the web at me and I freaked. Squealing like an infant, I bolted hard to the left just before the big thing reached me and the adrenaline made me jump. Afterwards I was as usual a shell of a man(boy)with beady lizard eyes looking everywhere at once.

Dr O
08-31-2007, 10:00
Thanks for the reminder! In 1964 I was backpacking a section of river bank in North Texas and I walked right into a huge spider web strung between two trees(my head was down looking at the ground for snakes so I didn't see the web)and immediately a HUGE spider rushed down the web at me and I freaked. Squealing like an infant, I bolted hard to the left just before the big thing reached me and the adrenaline made me jump. Afterwards I was as usual a shell of a man(boy)with beady lizard eyes looking everywhere at once.

:eek::eek::eek:

I hope you killed it! Once a spider learns to associate people with food it's all over! Only spiders that instinctively go out of their way to avoid humans should pass their genes on!
/shudders

Tipi Walter
08-31-2007, 10:07
Kill it?! It was preparing to jump.

Midway Sam
08-31-2007, 10:39
Wow. Cnn.com now has some video...

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2007/08/31/vo.tx.giant.spider.web.wfaa

Rain Man
08-31-2007, 11:48
Super cool!!!!

And yes... if it catches mosquitoes, more power to them all!!!

Rain:sunMan

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taildragger
08-31-2007, 15:07
So, what you're saying is that I can just pack a buch of little spiders that make me a new bug net each night? How much weight will that save? And how easy will it be to take over all the shelters?

bfitz
08-31-2007, 15:36
Remember that movie where William Shatner woke up aat the end and looked out the window and the whole city was engulfed in spiderwebs?

beeman
08-31-2007, 16:13
Zelph, I'm not too far from the park. Are you serious about wanting a little of the web for some nepharious experiment? If so, e-mail me at amendment2@aol.com.

Jan LiteShoe
08-31-2007, 16:26
Wow. Cnn.com now has some video...

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2007/08/31/vo.tx.giant.spider.web.wfaa


The bigger spider with the yellow, shown on the video, is a writing spider. We have them here, and they build large, interesting webs in the fall, with zig-zag "writing" in the web. They don't eat whole forests though.

RadioFreq
08-31-2007, 17:27
Thats really cool, wonder how many spiders it took?

Well, since everything is suppossed to bigger in Texas (or so I've been told)
I'm surmising it was just one. :eek:

leeki pole
08-31-2007, 17:41
Could've been a marbled orb weaver. We have lots of them here in the fall.

beeman
08-31-2007, 18:22
The bigger spider with the yellow, shown on the video, is a writing spider. We have them here, and they build large, interesting webs in the fall, with zig-zag "writing" in the web. They don't eat whole forests though.
Is this it?

http://www.spiderzrule.com/spider507/IMG_6619_1_small.JPG (http://www.spiderzrule.com/spider507/IMG_6619_1.JPG)

Jan LiteShoe
08-31-2007, 18:27
Is this it?

[/URL][URL]http://www.spiderzrule.com/spider507/IMG_6619_1_small.JPG (http://www.spiderzrule.com/spider507/IMG_6619_1.JPG)


That would be her.

They are talking about the spiderweb on NPR right now.

Mind you, she is just one of many in that creation.

I've been meaning to say hi anyway, beeman. Just got two colonies this spring.

Jan LiteShoe
08-31-2007, 18:27
Is this it?

http://www.spiderzrule.com/spider507/IMG_6619_1_small.JPG


That would be her.

They are talking about the spiderweb on NPR right now.

Mind you, she is just one of many in that creation.

I've been meaning to say hi anyway, beeman. Just got two colonies this spring. Of bees, not writing spiders, natch. :)

Tumblerisk
09-01-2007, 01:45
Holy Crap!!! I just about jumped out of my chair a second ago. I was getting a little wierded out reading about the giant spider web and contemplating what it would be like to accidently walk into that thing. And what do you think happens? You got it...a spider comes down his line from the ceiling right between me and the computer screen. Freaky coincidence.

Tipi Walter
09-01-2007, 07:57
Are we talking spider-spooked? I went into my dark tipi after working outside and reached for a sierra cup with a little tea in it to drink and as the cup touched my lips I saw a huge wolf spider in it next to my mouth. I flung the cup and the spider across the lodge and screamed like a terrified little girl. The sounds we make at times like this shows our true character.

Jan LiteShoe
09-01-2007, 08:05
Are we talking spider-spooked? I went into my dark tipi after working outside and reached for a sierra cup with a little tea in it to drink and as the cup touched my lips I saw a huge wolf spider in it next to my mouth. I flung the cup and the spider across the lodge and screamed like a terrified little girl. The sounds we make at times like this shows our true character.

Or a terrified little boy.
:)

Tipi Walter
09-01-2007, 08:14
I don't know, it was very high pitched.

beeman
09-01-2007, 08:36
I don't know, it was very high pitched.
Oh, I don't know. Men can sing in soprano...especially when spider scared!

zelph
09-01-2007, 13:48
Zelph, I'm not too far from the park. Are you serious about wanting a little of the web for some nepharious experiment? If so, e-mail me at amendment2@aol.com.

I was serious for one moment and then decided not! Thanks for the offer beeman. If you're close, take a run on out there and give us a first hand account of what you see. Get a sample of the web in an envelope while your there, I'll give you compensation for mailing it to me. I'll mount it between to sheets of glass and mount it in a frame along with the article about it. This occurance is rare!!!!!!!



Jan LiteShoeQuote:

The bigger spider with the yellow, shown on the video, is a writing spider. We have them here, and they build large, interesting webs in the fall, with zig-zag "writing" in the web. They don't eat whole forests though.


It's known to me as a Banana spider. At time when their webs are approached by humans they will cause the web to undulate as if the spider is using it as a trampoline, back and forth motion. The're cool!!!!