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Old Jun 13, 2012, 12:40 PM   #1
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When I got home from work last night I snapped a couple of pics of this Funnelweb before going to bed (pic 1). Thought I'd see if I could get some better shots this morning and found found this strange fellow breakfasting on him. I have no Idea what kind of spider it is, the closest thing I can find to what it looks like is an American house spider but that just doesn't seem right. I took the last picture a couple hours later, you can see how the funnelweb spider's abdomen is shrinking up and the killer is noticably more plump. (The killer is about 1cm long)
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Old Jun 13, 2012, 7:37 PM   #2
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Bil, that poor Funnelweb spider happened to encounter a very BAD hombre. A Spitting spider, in the family Scytodidae. Pictures to follow...










"The venom glands of scytodids are divided into two lobes, the front lobe of which houses traditional venom designed to paralyze the prey and begin the digestive process. The hind lobe of the venom glands contains large amounts of what can only be described as the arachnid equivalent of Krazy Glue.
Spitting spiders stalk potential prey cautiously, with slow, deliberate movements. When the victim is within a few centimeters, the spider lets go with a rapid-fire barrage of its sticky venom. The victim is instantly adhered to whatever surface it was sitting on. Seriously, the attack lasts a total of thirty milliseconds."

A video of one in action...http://youtu.be/9PJlfzc4SiE

I guess I am obsessed with spiders, I find them to be unique among all arthropods.
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Old Jun 14, 2012, 7:20 AM   #3
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Kewl! Thanks so much hawgwild, I was frustrated when I couldn't find out what it was. That is one wicked spider, I was trying to imagine the battle because the funnel web spider is really really quick. I never thought about the spitting spider "spider-manning" her to tangle her up. Nature is so neat
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Fascinating shots and superb clarity. Vey well done.
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