Thursday, August 30, 2007

An Arachnophobiac's Nightmare

A massive spider web has been found in a Texas park. The freakishly large web densely covers the foliage along a 200-yard section of trail.

"Spider experts say the web may have been constructed by social cobweb spiders, which work together…"

Could be. Or maybe it’s Shelob. Creepy.

10 comments:

tiff said...

Oh crap. Oh dear goodness no. that's farking creepy, that is.

And you know what? As far as I know, entomologists don't study spiders. Arachnologists do.

Gah!

fermicat said...

I'm fascinated by spider webs, and enjoy photographing them (see my latest here). But I don't want them touching me. Ewww. Gross. And creepy. Ick, ick, ick!!

LL said...

Oh fermi... that reminds of a little poem I used to tell Whosie...

Spiders crawling everywhere,
on your neck and in your hair!

Doesn't that make you feel all warm inside? ;)

fermicat said...

You're not funny, LL.

I'm going to go brush my hair about a hundred times now.

LL said...

Wha?

Strangely enough... that was Whosie's general reaction too.

Kathleen said...

The article I read quoted some scientist type who said that these webs aren't that rare really...I didn't memorise the whole thing. I thought it was kind of cool, although I found the statement about hearing the screams of a million mosquitoes a little eerie.

fermicat said...

Hearing the screams of millions of mosquitoes would probably make me happy. Stupid little biting buggers.

NYPinTA said...

Yuck yuck yuck yuck yuck. No sigh of Shelob?

fermicat said...

Haven't seen her... but I have been trying and trying to photograph a ginormous spider who has built a huge orb web in my back yard. The silly thing is shy. Every time I go out there with my camera, it scuttles away into a tree or plant to hide. It is an interesting looking spider, with a large, fat, round, hairy abdomen and it is about the circumference of a quarter. Mostly brown with some red markings. I have a few photos but they are all blurry.

BC said...

That probably came from the one that lives in my bathroom. Ive named him Godzilla. He creeps me out and Im sure the neighbors hear me screaming.