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jumping spiders v brown recluse spiders

paul wheaton
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This is a jumping spider that found its way onto my monitor.

I was once bit by a brown recluse spider. I had a big welt on my arm for six months. In those days I killed all spider and had to kill lots of flies and other bugs too. Now, I leave all jumping spiders and daddy long legs. They are safe to me, eat all the flies and bugs which makes me have nearly zero brown recluse food. So, a greatly reduced probability of brown recluse spiders.



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Saurabh Pillai
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paul wheaton wrote:... eat all the flies...


I have actually seen the whole exercise of spider catching a fly.
Sean Clark
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I am actually afraid of all spiders (which is a bit pathetic considering I live in the UK and won't get anything near what some of you guys get).


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Bear Bibeault
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You'd love Texas!


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Remind me never to come to texas! EVER!
Bear Bibeault
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But the spiders are nothing compared to the scorpions and centipedes!

Saurabh Pillai
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Now you know why Bear spends good amount of money on boots. ;-)
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And don't forget about the rattlers.



Of course, there are few of these seen within city limits. But I'm right on the outskirts and if I were to venture into undeveloped land, there might be a few of these around.
Stephan van Hulst
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I hear those centipedes can pack quite a punch. In South Africa we had these critters we call Shongololos. They are a huge type of millipede. Usually they end up as roadkill :P



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I read about this nasty bug today: Giant water bug photographed devouring baby turtle



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