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The happy-face spider by ev on 13 July 2009 3:07pm
 
"Found only on the islands of Oahu, Molokai, Maui, and Hawaii, the happy face spider, such as this one guarding its eggs on a leaf in Maui, is known for the unique patterns that decorate its pale abdomen."

http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/enlarge/spider-guarding-eggs_pod_image.html

And on that note I'll go and try to get some work done now :)
 
Re: The happy-face spider by Amaia on 13 July 2009 6:19pm
 
Aha, I didn't think I would actually like the picture! amazing what nature can do!
 
Re: The happy-face spider by elina on 14 July 2009 10:50am
 
I hate spiders, and though that one does make you smile a bit, it's still terrible.
 
Re: The happy-face spider by suzulu on 14 July 2009 11:12am
 
I am not too keen on spiders either but this one looks so friendly! LOL
 
Re: The happy-face spider by kazzzz on 14 July 2009 11:17am
 
I really like spiders, am not one bit scared of them (which is a good thing considering where I live). My kids are scared witless of them and it's always Mum to the rescue to put the spiders into the garden. I tried bringing the kids up to not be scared of them, used to catch them and put them in a plastic see thru container and let the kids have a good look at them, counting their legs, etc. But fear prevailed, they're terrified!
 
Re: The happy-face spider by suzulu on 14 July 2009 11:54am
 
I have actually got a bug catcher. It has a funnel-shaped see thru part which you place over the bug and then slide the plastic tray underneath. You have to be careful not to injure the bug though. Then just go outside and slide out the tray and off the bug goes to ventures new.
 
Re: The happy-face spider by kazzzz on 14 July 2009 12:30pm
 
Ohh those are great!! We had them as kids, and then my kids had them, must get one for Ava! Suzulu has yours got a little magnifying glass with it?
 
Re: The happy-face spider by suzulu on 14 July 2009 1:45pm
 
It hasn't got a magnifying glass with it but I used to have a small perspex box which was magnified in order to catch bug and look at it closely. We used to do this on field trips with a national history class. I probably still have it somewhere.
 
Re: The happy-face spider by mrsthing on 14 July 2009 3:30pm
 
I don't mind spiders.

I rescued a stink bug some years ago from a late spring snow fall. The cold had slowed it way down. I picked a leaf and a stick for it to climb on, and put it in a container for a few days until the weather warmed up again. It perked up, and we got a good chance to observe the bug. They're not colorful, but they're very graceful, placid bugs.

Here's a picture of one, if you're interested:

http://www.portsdown.org/images/ecology/a_insects/green%20shield%20bug%20adult%20070903%20sb.jpg
 
Re: The happy-face spider by kazzzz on 14 July 2009 3:39pm
 
Insect-wise, the strangest thing I've ever seen was the ladybird plague in Britain in 1976 ( a very hot summer) We were down in Cornwall and they were everywhere, you couldn't walk on the ground and not squash them, they were splattering all over the car and they were HUGE (some the size of a 2p piece and they were biting!
I just googled it and there are a heap of links to this very odd occurence.http://archive.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/2001/7/4/214711.html

Here's but one link that mentions it, so I wasn't imagining it after all !



 
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