Friday, July 01, 2005


I like to say I'm not afraid of anything, but I confess to getting the "heebie jeebies" when it comes to spiders. I'm okay when I know they're there...it's the UNEXPECTED spider encounter that causes me to give a Hank Hill shudder and do the slappy, arm-waving, "Is it on me, Is it on me?" dance.  Posted by Picasa

6 comments:

rick said...

I agree, would rather almost step on a snake than have a wet spider web wrap around my face while walking to hunting location in the morning.

Floridacracker said...

You got it. The combination of wet,clammy, stickiness with the possibility of a spider in your hair is pretty unpleasant. I let the tall guy go first...

Hick said...

I read the funniest thing on Blue2Goings website (http://blue2go.blogspot.com/2005/06/segue-into-monday.html). She had The Washington Posts yearly Mensa Invitational list. The gig is you take any word in the dictionary, change, subtract or add one letter and make up a new definition. The word that made me laugh and laugh was:

"Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web"

I don't like spiders either.

swamp4me said...

I've said it before on other sites and I'll say it here: I like spiders! Somebody has to :)

That particular species doesn't look familiar to me. Any idea what it is?

kevin said...

I don't know the real name, but we always called them Banana spiders because...well, I don't kmow why. Anyway, I have hundreds of them on and around my house. Anywhere they can spin a web, there are spiders. I have gotten used to walking through the webs and now I just cuss, brush and keep walking.

Floridacracker said...

Hick,
Thank you for the perfect new vocabulary word. That is exactly the right term.
Swamp4me,
I think it's a Golden-silk Spider, Nephila clavipes. Hard to tell from that picture, but the web is definitely golden and very strong. Like Kevin, I grew up calling them banana spiders. I think that's because their impressive size reminded someone of the legendary tarantulas that came in on banana shipments from Central America.
Thanks for stopping by.