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nox invictus profundum
05-19-2008, 05:12 AM
Anybody who's seen my inverts thread on the TARAS forum has already seen these, except for the first picture. Enjoy!!

This centipede hasnt been identified yet. Sold as "tiger centipede", the creature is clearly from genus Scolopendra based on the mouthparts and spiracles. Centipede ID is tricky at best, which is why I think all inverts by law should be sold by their scientific name. 'Nuff said.
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Centipedes/maylongwknd08041.jpg

The Ethmostigmus trogonopodus I picked up a couple weeks ago.
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Centipedes/GreenCentipede.jpg

This is "Chunk", an S subspinipes "cherry legs" I bought with the Ethmostigmus. This is the largest bug I have ever kept, I had to buy a bigger pair of forceps to maintain my safety margin.
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Centipedes/chunk3.jpg

"Please Pass The Salt"
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Centipedes/chunk1.jpg

nox invictus profundum
05-19-2008, 05:15 AM
This is "Mr Invictus", a S subspinipes dehaani or Vietnamese Giant. Attempts to teach the creature english have met with failiure:p
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Centipedes/BigCentipede.jpg
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Centipedes/Scolopendrasubspinipesdehaanijan210.jpg

draco
05-19-2008, 09:25 AM
They are not something i could own, but i do find them facinating!
Just a question for you. What is their diet? I thought they ate small bugs, but i see the one chowing down on a mouse!

Apryl
05-19-2008, 10:20 AM
Could you imagine finding one of those in your house? I was creeped out by a few that were a couple of inches long. Where are these guys naturally from?

Kioka
05-19-2008, 10:46 AM
Southeast Asia. ;) At least the S. subspinipes.

Probably my favourite inverts. :D

Melanie
05-19-2008, 10:46 AM
Sweet pics, still not something i could own though:o

nox invictus profundum
05-19-2008, 11:02 AM
The five centipedes I keep are all from SE Asia / Pacific rim. You can find Scolopendrids on every continent except Antarctica, though the prettier ones come from SE Asia, or Central/South America. The 2 larger centipedes get live fuzzies once or twice a month, they will only take live prey. Centipedes will generally kill and eat anything their size or smaller, including other centipedes. There is a communal species, S mutilans or Chinese Red Head. Mack, who posts under AbraxasComplex has a few. He also had 3 S s dehaani living together until one of them got knocked up and ate the other two!! I've handled pretty much everything in my collection including the Androctonus scorpions (mind you, with a thick work glove) but I'm still not crazy about handling centipedes.

Alberta Bred Geckos
05-19-2008, 01:13 PM
Yea too many legs to get ahold of you for my liking LOL but they are pretty cool. I used to catch centipedes in my moms garden all the time as a kid :D Nothing anywhere near that big tho LOL biggest I saw was probably 3". Cool stuff tho, never knew that some only eat live prey!

nox invictus profundum
05-23-2008, 04:48 AM
hehehehe, there are more bug people on this site!! Thought y'all would like this vid I put together. If you visit the TARAS forums you've probably already seen this..... WARNING: clicking on the link takes you to my photobucket page, which is open to all. Some of the other videos may be offensive to some.
http://s137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/?action=view&current=CIAVIDTWO.flv

Kings_and_Corns
05-23-2008, 05:34 AM
Those things are really creepy, lol... That vid of the one eating the mouse was like "WOW"...

Steve

Ashleigh
05-23-2008, 08:20 AM
Cool colours*shivers* but I would never own one of those, they remind me a lot like spiders

Ayrek
05-23-2008, 08:46 AM
Man these things creep me out. They are cool to look at (I guess) but I couldnt get very close to it, dont know what it is about bugs but they give me the heebiejeebies!

Neil
05-23-2008, 12:00 PM
Excellent video Joe! That's the biggest Emperor I've ever seen,I didn't know they could get that big!

Apryl
05-23-2008, 01:44 PM
That's an awesome video. "We love spineless creeps" ha ha. The huge scorpion, the skills of the hunters, and the millipede! I have a thing for millipedes (coming from a report I did on them waaay back when.) Since I don't have the boyfriend with me all day at the show, I can spend a little more time looking at the many-legged fuzzies. He said he'd leave me if I ever brought home a tarantula. I know I'd pick snakes over him, but I don't think I'm ready to put an arachnid before him. Maybe when we have a house... :D *thinks evil thoughts*

Alberta Bred Geckos
05-23-2008, 03:40 PM
Cool vid for sure :)

nox invictus profundum
05-23-2008, 06:53 PM
Excellent video Joe! That's the biggest Emperor I've ever seen,I didn't know they could get that big!

That's my "breeding bull", his second set of children are on the way;)

DiggertheRed
05-23-2008, 07:03 PM
hmmmm and just how easy are they to ship to Merritt? hehehe invertebrates are positively fascinating.

nox invictus profundum
05-23-2008, 07:15 PM
hmmmm and just how easy are they to ship to Merritt? hehehe invertebrates are positively fascinating.

I dont see a problem shipping to Merritt, I've had bugs shipped as far as Montreal by Canada Post with no problems. I only have one Emp left from the last batch, but the creature is unusually feisty and not suitable to be a pet. I'll be posting when mama scorpion pops, rest assured. This will be my first attempt at purposely breeding scorpions, and I'm hoping to do more in the future.

DiggertheRed
05-23-2008, 07:24 PM
I think my Emp is preggers. very mild tempered though, if I sent a pic wondering if you could tell me for sure if she is?

nox invictus profundum
05-23-2008, 07:52 PM
I could make an educated guess. It really boils down to scorpions having an unusual (but well concieved) reproductive cycle. Female scorpions can not only hold the sperm for a period of time before fertilizing the eggs, but they are also capable of delaying or even terminating the developement of the embryos (sometimes for extended periods). In the case of termination, the embryos are reabsorbed into the body and used for food. I'm not certain all scorpions can do this, but I'm certain Emps do. The last batch of babies took about 31 weeks, this time we're close to 40 already and no babies.

Other factors that may affect this are the condition of the female in question. I feed my scorpions a fixed amount to prevent obesity. It is possible to overfeed adult scorpions, and they sure like to eat!! Also, have you observed any behavioural changes in the female? Does she snap at the male?? or has she made off to another burrow, shunning the male?
This could be indications of a nesting instinct that precedes the actual birth. Really, you will only know when a bunch of little white things with beady black eyes show up on her back, and you may not see that either if she has a deep burrow.

Your best bet is to observe the creature. If she keeps gaining size adversly to the amount of food, it's a fair bet. Seperate her into her own tank with a couple inches of substrate and a hide that can be moved easily. You'll get two thing here - first, you can move the hide easily to check for "riders". Second, when the babies leave her back they will be much easier to round up, should you decide to seperate them. Emp babies are fairly good in large groups..... Good luck, maybe some day you'll wake up to about an extra couple dozen baby emps.........

Mikey
05-23-2008, 08:05 PM
Damn awesome video Joe! It's like a recruitment video lol! Very very cool!

Mikey.

Melanie
05-23-2008, 08:14 PM
That was suck a sweet video! The giant black millipede it so sweet :D

nox invictus profundum
05-28-2008, 08:06 PM
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/May2808round2003.jpg
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/May2808round2006.jpg

nox invictus profundum
05-31-2008, 10:23 PM
Some picture of the little guys I picked up at the Edmonton Show... This will take more than one post......

Centruroides gracilis, aka "Florida Bark Scorpion" A really sleek looking scorp, and feisty too!!
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Cgracilismay2808.jpg
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Cgracilismay28083.jpg

Yet another Babycurus jacksoni. I absolutely love this species for their neat colors!!
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/tigerlegscentipedeapril2708017.jpg

Caught the Metagyndes innata "Chilean Red Devil Harvestman" having dinner.... These guys will take live 2 week crix!!
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/May3008039.jpg

nox invictus profundum
05-31-2008, 10:27 PM
http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii248/entforest/two_puppies.gifI've altered this post in response to the debate on certain inverts. Clearly there are two radically different viewpoints on the issue, and to take the heat off the whole thing I am voluntarily editing out pictures of the inverts in question. Though the genie is already out of the bottle, I really just don't want to hear about it anymore. Instead, here is a picture of puppies, a cute and perfectly legal pet.

leezard
06-01-2008, 08:12 AM
Those guys are definitely neato. I think I'm in trouble.... I've started doing research into different kind. Let's hope I don't bring them ALL home at the fall show! LOL

How long do inverts generally live for? I know many T's can live up to 20 years. Is it the same for scorp and millipedes and such?

nox invictus profundum
06-01-2008, 09:02 AM
How long do inverts generally live for? I know many T's can live up to 20 years. Is it the same for scorp and millipedes and such?

Nope. My cousin had an H troglodytes (a type of flat rock scorpion) that lived for 12 years... I have an Emp that's 5 years old now, and he doesnt show any signs of slowing down. I'm not sure about centipedes because I havent any hard facts or numbers to indicate how long they live. It is widely suggested that 5 years is the upper limit for centipeds though.

nox invictus profundum
06-08-2008, 08:58 AM
So here's what I found last night when I decided to clean out my TWS tank..... Pay close attention to the ventral abdomen- That is definitely not what it normally looks like. Are those eggs on her abdomen??
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Other%20Inverts/June808019.jpg

Kioka
06-08-2008, 11:26 AM
Nope. My cousin had an H troglodytes (a type of flat rock scorpion) that lived for 12 years... I have an Emp that's 5 years old now, and he doesnt show any signs of slowing down. I'm not sure about centipedes because I havent any hard facts or numbers to indicate how long they live. It is widely suggested that 5 years is the upper limit for centipeds though.

Not to mention majority of them are wild-caught...

jennayoung99
06-08-2008, 05:13 PM
are u talking about the little bumpys on the bottom of the abdomen????

nox invictus profundum
06-08-2008, 05:42 PM
are u talking about the little bumpys on the bottom of the abdomen???? Yes! I actually just got back from Mack's place (AbraxasComplex) and saw another gravid TWS, so mine definitely has buns in the oven. From what I described, she could be 1 to 2 months along, with a total incubation of roughly 90 days

nox invictus profundum
06-08-2008, 06:20 PM
Made a trip to Mack's today to get these 3 Alipes grandidieri...... Neat species, they are communal and can make a buzzing noise with their flagged tails..... Also participated in a Ss dehaani roundup, it turns out there were more babies than Mack or I ever would have expected. There must be around 30 of the little buggers!!
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Centipedes/Alipesgrandidieri007.jpg
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Centipedes/Alipesgrandidieri006.jpg
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Centipedes/Alipesgrandidieri015.jpg

jennayoung99
06-08-2008, 07:21 PM
cool congrats in the gravid female. those little ones will make up for the one you lost. *fingers crossed*

DiggertheRed
06-08-2008, 09:21 PM
just spoke to my ole man, got a resounding NO, whe asked... if I could have one... maybe I should just quit asking LOL like Nike " just do it"

jennayoung99
06-08-2008, 09:25 PM
ya it's harder to protest when it's done!!!! :D

DiggertheRed
06-08-2008, 09:25 PM
jenna *hugs* I knew you'd have my back on this issue!

joeysgreen
06-09-2008, 05:15 PM
Do centipedes increase in size after feeding like a spider? Do they shrivel or dimple when dehydrated like a spider? I have a hard time figuring these guys out...

nox invictus profundum
06-10-2008, 04:03 AM
Do centipedes increase in size after feeding like a spider? Do they shrivel or dimple when dehydrated like a spider? I have a hard time figuring these guys out...

These centipedes are supposed to have ridged tergites, and yes they increase in size much like spiders, but are more prone to dessication. Also, centipedes consume their food, where spiders and scorpions just suck out the good stuff. I fed my cherry legs a mouse a week ago, normally the beast leaves behind the skeleton and the pelt. This time the creature consumed EVERYTHING, bones and fur included

nox invictus profundum
06-26-2008, 04:58 AM
Just some recent pictures from the vault!!

The C gracilis I got from Ollie.... I've never had a scorp moult in this position, or gain that much size in one moult
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Scorpions/centruroidesgracilisjune2408006.jpg

The B jacksoni I got from Kioka, recently moulted too!!
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Scorpions/June2208077.jpg

A neat closeup of Alipes grandidieri.... Their tails make the creepiest sound.....
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Centipedes/June2208012.jpg

And finally, this L dificilis is finally starting to strongly resemble an adult of it's species.... This creature is in about the seventh instar according to the moults I've collected.
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Spiders/June2208084.jpg

I'm also curious as to how my babies are doing, so could anybody fill me in?? I know Neil Weldon, TJEATWORLD and Ollie got a couple..... Some pics would be cool if you got em!!

Jen
06-26-2008, 07:01 AM
OMG i have the chills totally not my type of thing....LOL I went down to the basement lastnight and saw a little centipede and *screamed* like a little baby! Imagine what i'd do with something like that!!!! hahah

Dare
06-26-2008, 09:26 AM
I think the centipede "mustaches" are cute...does that mean they are all french?? LOL

Ollie
06-26-2008, 09:17 PM
I'm also curious as to how my babies are doing, so could anybody fill me in?? I know Neil Weldon, TJEATWORLD and Ollie got a couple..... Some pics would be cool if you got em!!


Here's a couple of your babies pics. They are doing well but I think the second one is due for a molt.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e90/Meidinger/untitled8-7.jpg

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e90/Meidinger/untitled9-7.jpg


Nice pictures of the C. gracilis and B. jacksoni. Mine all molted recently as well. As soon as my female B. jacksoni is free of the young she has now she will be joining 3 of her offspring from December (same as the one you got from Kioka) and one unrelated one in a communal enclosure. I still have a few of the C. gracilis young in with their mother but not sure how many. They hide very well in the cracks of the cork bark.

Ollie

nox invictus profundum
06-27-2008, 04:35 AM
Thanks Ollie!! I might be in touch for some more C gracilis at some point, I really like the species...... All of the baby Androctonus are on to new homes now, so I guess I'm going to try and breed them again......

nox invictus profundum
08-05-2008, 05:29 PM
I got so bloody distracted about the scrapping thread I totally forgot about the damned pictures..... If you read my posts at TARAS you've likely seen this already.......


My Lasiodora dificilis moulted AGAIN..... That's 6 moults in ten months, and a total size gain of over three inches.... Here's a shot of the little girl on the day Mads dropped her off:
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Spiders/December807009.jpg

This next picture is of the same spider, taken yesterday:
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Spiders/Lasiodoradificilisaug508.jpg

Puritania
08-05-2008, 05:31 PM
Where the hell is the armpit?

Michael
08-05-2008, 05:34 PM
Great pics man! I love how fast Lasiodora sp. grow, my parahybana has gone from 1/2" to 3"+ in about the same time as your dificilis, i think it has molted 5 times.

Ollie
08-05-2008, 07:39 PM
Their growth rate really is amazing. I got a little L. kugi sling Sept 24/06 and she molted last week again to over 6 inches easy.
The one thing I find tough with the Lasiodora sp is telling them apart. My L. klugi looks very similiar to my L. parahybana which in turn looks much like the L. dificilis above.

nox invictus profundum
09-07-2008, 08:19 AM
hehehehe, finally hooked into a solifugid.... You do not want these chompers on you....
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Other%20Inverts/sept608016.jpg

nox invictus profundum
09-07-2008, 10:32 AM
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Other%20Inverts/Solifugidsept608013.jpg
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Other%20Inverts/Solifugidsept608006.jpg

Kioka
09-07-2008, 10:52 AM
Lucky...

*whines*

Can I has?

No... no more animals! BAD!

nox invictus profundum
09-12-2008, 08:54 PM
yep, I totally ripped off the Dr Who theme....
http://s137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/?action=view&current=CIAVID4.flv

nox invictus profundum
09-13-2008, 08:59 AM
These babies were born sometime last night. The parent creature pictured would easily fit on a nickel, so these babies are pretty tiny....
I couldnt find any information about this species or anyone else other than AbraxasComplex who has the damned things. They would appear to be a terrestrial species that prefers a higher humidity, and they would seem to be communal.
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Scorpions/Scorpions%20II/September1308001.jpg

moses
09-13-2008, 06:21 PM
cool little buggers

Apryl
09-13-2008, 07:56 PM
a nickel? so, you wouldn't want to be stung by them, right? Will you need to separate the babies when they leave mom? "Appearing communal" might not extend to young babies. But I don't know anything about scorpions' parenting abilities. It would suck if one day all the babies were gone. Great pictures, it's nice that it's possible to see the parents and the babies clearly.

nox invictus profundum
09-14-2008, 05:34 AM
the communallity of these creatures in the presence of kids remains to be seen Apryl..... I'll tell you it's going to be quite the operation to feed them, It already takes me half an hour to feed the baby Liocheles I already have (which I got from Mack), and the baby Lychas..... I've determined the best method of catching pinheads is to use a pill bottle trap with a small piece of fruit in it, they jump right in.... getting them out in an oderly fashion is still a work in progress....

moses
09-14-2008, 10:55 AM
ya feeding little guys pin heads is an adventure

Ollie
09-15-2008, 03:07 PM
the communallity of these creatures in the presence of kids remains to be seen Apryl..... I'll tell you it's going to be quite the operation to feed them, It already takes me half an hour to feed the baby Liocheles I already have (which I got from Mack), and the baby Lychas..... I've determined the best method of catching pinheads is to use a pill bottle trap with a small piece of fruit in it, they jump right in.... getting them out in an oderly fashion is still a work in progress....

Hey Joe, watcha doin' with that......sorry got sidetracked!:D

Have you tried using a pouter to vaccum up the pinheads. Check out post #8 in this thread:

http://www.edmontonreptiles.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1979&highlight=pouter

Ollie

nox invictus profundum
09-18-2008, 01:35 PM
As to the pinheads, I kinda prefer the pill bottle trap better, mostly though because it's less work on my part. I tried sucking them up with a glass turkey baster, which worked but I pretty much had to do it one at a time.....

Some new pictures:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Centipedes/Alipesgrandidierisept1808.jpg

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Other%20Inverts/Galeodesarabssept1808.jpg

Guess who displays limited flourescence??
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Other%20Inverts/Galeodesarabssept18081.jpg

this is the only scorp I could classify as "cute"
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Scorpions/Scorpions%20II/Liochelesaustralasiebabiessept1808.jpg

Tazycat
09-18-2008, 03:25 PM
I have to be honest. Those are the creepiest pets i have ever seen. Only a special kind of person i think would be able to keep those in their home. Good for you...

Apryl
09-18-2008, 04:58 PM
Then there are lots of those "special kinds" of people here! Nice pictures. I want to be special too :( What is that strange ant-thing?

Badger
09-18-2008, 05:03 PM
It's a solifugid (?) I think it's what is commonly called a camel spider. See youtube for crazy videos-scary pet, Joe.

nox invictus profundum
09-18-2008, 06:49 PM
It's a solifugid (?) I think it's what is commonly called a camel spider. See youtube for crazy videos-scary pet, Joe.

yep, it sure is. This is Galeodes arabs, one of the larger species of solifugid. I had to change it's setup to a coco fibre-calcium-sand mixture to allow the creature to burrow, which they do compulsively. I had it on just loose sand, and the creature became lethargic and stopped eating. They need a diggable substrate that is dry on the surface, but slightly humid near the bottom. I'll probably end up getting some of that burrowing clay IF the beast survives to adult.

nox invictus profundum
09-27-2008, 07:11 AM
Would anybody here have a male C crawshayi for a breeding loan?? She's ready to go, and she's a real &$%#@

moses
09-27-2008, 07:24 AM
someon plz say yes i want some sling of these guys so bad hehe

nox invictus profundum
10-01-2008, 01:16 PM
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Centipedes/AlipesgrandidieriOct0108.jpg
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Scorpions/Scorpions%20II/Liochelesaustralasiesept2308.jpg
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Other%20Inverts/PlatymerislaevicollisOct0108.jpg

draco
10-01-2008, 01:24 PM
Is it just me, or are baby inverts adorable??!!!

Apryl
10-01-2008, 03:06 PM
So it is true... the only things that are not cute as babies are birds. Even baby scorpions are adorable. Oh, and the shot with the lego block totally made me think of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids!

Badger
10-01-2008, 06:29 PM
And Crazy Joe's dream of world domination is drowned by cries of "Ohhh, what a cute little bug you are!"

REALEVIL1
10-02-2008, 11:54 AM
wats in the third pic?? not a T or a scorpion?

whiskeygirl
10-02-2008, 11:57 AM
wats in the third pic?? not a T or a scorpion?
I think it's a jumping spider *shudders* but don't quote me on that :rolleyes:

REALEVIL1
10-02-2008, 11:59 AM
oh a camel spider

Cody
10-02-2008, 12:16 PM
Its an assassin bug...either Platymeris biguttata or Platymeris laevicollia most likely.

nox invictus profundum
10-04-2008, 06:33 AM
Its an assassin bug...either Platymeris biguttata or Platymeris laevicollia most likely.
And Cody takes it!! Good call dude.... it's the laevicollia.....

Found this outside my front door yesterday..... This totally got me back in action after a ^%$# week that included:
- one dead P fasciata spiderling, died after it failed to shed it's mouthparts.
- one dead P regalis (a female too), died from a fall. There were copious amonts of splatter indicating a fall
- one dead Scolopendra subspinipes dehaani, likely from old age. the creature hadn't moulted in almost two years, and was getting slower and less active. if you were at the TARAS show, it was the smaller of the two centipedes on display at the stage
- enough crap, onto the pictures:
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Spiders/Spiders%20II/Araneusgemmoidesoct0408.jpg
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Spiders/Spiders%20II/Araneusgemmoidesoct04081.jpg
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Spiders/Spiders%20II/Araneusgemmoidesoct04082.jpg
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/nuclear_zombies/Spiders/Spiders%20II/Araneusgemmoidesoct04083.jpg

Puritania
10-04-2008, 07:25 AM
Wtf Joe! What kind of hump back looking freaky spider is that?

nox invictus profundum
10-04-2008, 07:34 AM
Wtf Joe! What kind of hump back looking freaky spider is that?

OMG BMW TICS!!! Just pulling yer chain:p

that spider is Araneus gemmoides, one of the orb weavers..... Probably the largest I've ever found in a populated area....

plumbum
10-04-2008, 07:34 AM
i have them all around and without a tonne of searching i came up with a crab spider. they seem to like my quads for webbing. and they get big as per the pic, but the one i just dispatched was bigger than a quarter and aggresive. kept lunging at my glove.

Puritania
10-04-2008, 07:50 AM
OMG BMW TICS!!! Just pulling yer chain:p

that spider is Araneus gemmoides, one of the orb weavers..... Probably the largest I've ever found in a populated area....

lol... shut up.... :p

That's weird spider. We get them on our deck all the time, but not that big. I suppose I'm just cruel, cause I break out the Spider Blaster. And all this time I should have been catching them for you!

whiskeygirl
10-04-2008, 10:04 AM
ok now I feel like a heel ... i had one big one like that on my front deack and there was about 30 somthing tini tini ones (about 1/8 - 1/4 inch) ... I sprayed them down with the hose cause they were all over my mailbox.

Should I start catching these things for ya, I've sprayed the big one down twice now and it seems to keep coming back, the babbies were a new twist :p

Cody
10-04-2008, 10:25 AM
that spider is Araneus gemmoides, one of the orb weavers..... Probably the largest I've ever found in a populated area....

I think its common name is either the Jewel spider or Cats face spider(because of the two bumps on the abdomen that kind of look like cat ears). My two tree's out front are always FULL of them, in my garden I usually find some bright orange looking ones(probably not from the family Araneus).

Just found a link to the ones I always find in my tree's out front. I think in the spring I need to go for a common spider run, there are some cool ones out there.
http://www.pbase.com/terrythormin/image/60044180

I want to find me some
Xysticus sp
Misumena vatia
Phidippus borealis(cousin is convinced she has these in her basement)
Agelenopsis sp.

Anyone near Edmonton with a car want to go on a bug hunting trip in the spring? lol

nox invictus profundum
10-04-2008, 10:34 AM
yes, ive heard the term "cat spider" used.... www.spidersofalberta.com (http://www.spidersofalberta.com) lists those two names you mentioned ....

I like the Xysticus..... crab spiders are neat!!

Neil
10-04-2008, 10:38 AM
We had one living in our old BBQ this summer,it wasn't very colorful though ,just kinda grey.They are cool spiders though.I've got about a zillion house spiders living in the garage where I breed my mice,I should take some pics.The spiders are nothing exciting but their webs and eggsacs are kinda cool.

Cody
10-04-2008, 10:49 AM
yes, ive heard the term "cat spider" used.... www.spidersofalberta.com (http://www.spidersofalberta.com) lists those two names you mentioned ....

I like the Xysticus..... crab spiders are neat!!

Yeah I first heard the name at the bug room at the museum in Edmonton. It fits nicely as they abdomen is shaped pretty close to that. They are cool when they get that big, but I would assume they are females.

Badger
10-05-2008, 11:35 AM
A lot of people seem to be confusing crab and cat spiders when looking at pics. Granted they both are pale-colored and have large, round abdomens but they are very different. Cat spiders are gigantic, web-slinging monsters while crab spiders just hang out on plants, usually in or near flowers, and don't get nearly as big (mine was about 1/4 inch diameter when I accidentally squished it and about as big as I've seen one get). They can be spotted tooling around in the grass or on plants - they like goldenrod- and don't make webs. They usually stand on their tiny hind legs and hold the fronts forward and slightly upward "Come here, I want to hug you" but when they want to go fast they use their fronts, too. BTW they are called crabs because of their ability to run sideways, unusual in spiders apparently.