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    Quote Originally Posted by BRUTAH View Post
    male tarantulas "migrate" or travel long distances every fall in search of female tarantulas to mate with
    This guy was in the garage at work. Actually not very big compared to some I've seen on the bike trail.
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    Nice link, I've always thought, incorrectly, that they came inside when the weather cooled off.
    There's nothing better than sliding down snow and flying through the air.

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    A rep at Skibonkers said that the bees are building underground nests this year, and per the Farmer's Almanac, that is a sign of a cold winter. Not necessarily a wet winter. And I have a bees nest built underground in my front yard. IMO, the bees just remember that last year, when they built it in the birdhouse out back, I burnt the shit out of them, so they got smart and tunneled this year. Or, it could mean that the bees think it's going to be cold. Obviously we may know the answer to that question in a few months if it's cold this winter. Does anyone speak bees? Seinfeld?
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    bees? or wassmen (wasps)?

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    wait. SLC has tarantulas and black widows and shit? Fuck it. I'm never going there.
    No longer stuck.

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    That "debunking" of spider abundance in the fall does a poor job, it confuses overall abundance with species diversity.
    Spiders sure are out here in Olympia (even if they are not in high diversity)

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    This guy was out midday. Which I thought was kind of unusual. The fall migrating maters are generally nocturnal.

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    So this isn't a sign of an impending apocalypse? I just moved to the PNW from the east coast and it's my first spider season. After three months of SoCal weather dry as a bone in the desert, a week of rainy weather seemed to precede spiders fucking everywhere! I never saw anything like this back east and I know its not just my house. Delivering for FedEx in Bellingham, I constantly have spider webs and/or spiders in my mouth and hair. WTF? Normal for Fall?

    Is this why I only saw two mosquitoes this year and there's little to no bug noise at night?





    God I miss the bugs at night.






    Fireflies too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wgrand802 View Post
    That "debunking" of spider abundance in the fall does a poor job, it confuses overall abundance with species diversity.
    The curator posted a blog today with a little better explanation.

    This time of year is when people notice spiders more frequently, but that doesn't mean the overall number or variety of species increases. ... While orbweavers are more than 100 times as abundant in May just after they hatch, their webs are tiny and not noticeable at that point. By late summer, orbweavers are mature and building much larger webs that put them more conspicuously out in the open.
    Regardless they are out in force here in North Seattle too, I've think I've walked into an orbweaver web every day for the past three weeks.

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    Gawd I HATE walking through those webs. Just thinking about it now gives me the willies. I know those Tarantulas are slow harmless but I felt pretty bold dropping my keys net to it and taking that picture. I'm more or less content to live and let live at this stage in my life but they still give me the creeps.
    There's nothing better than sliding down snow and flying through the air.

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    that black widow i showed is my pet!!! i keep her in a coffe maker!!! my friend had a pet tarantula that he fed mice!!!! even with all of my dirtbagging ways sleeping in garages and such with many black widows i have never been biten my a spider - yet!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaag Master View Post
    bees? or wassmen (wasps)?
    Well, not bees, yellow jackets. So I guess we could be screwed for a cold winter...Unless the wasps know something that the bees don't know!
    Last edited by Toadman; 09-20-2013 at 08:55 PM.
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    Pay attention! The thread's premise is specifically regarding the number of SPIDERWEBS in the PNW as opposed to other locales.

    Not asking about the number of spiders or their variety or what they wear, who their fecebook fiends are or what's in vogue with the spiders.

    Sheesh people. Typical axegrinding, specialist hairsplitting, dickwaving didactics (as in pedantic, preachy, donnish, pedagogic).
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    i live a couple hundred yards from forest park and my property is covered with trees. when i painted my house several years ago, i pressure washed everything to start and i was completely shocked by the literally thousands of spiders of many kinds in every nook and cranny on the exterior. i was pretty bummed to have to blow them away at high pressure, but they were all back before i'd even finished painting. can't even walk outside at night without getting covered with webs and strands.
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    Came back to my jeep yesterday after a five hour mtb ride south of Hood River. Hopped in, looked to my right and was nose-snout with a big fuggin orb spider of some sort - just his body was the size of a dime, plus the legs, plus hudge freakin' tusks. Araneae fuckinhugis. I would have bet on him against a norway rat.

    Fucker had built a 2' diameter orb in the time we were gone. I gently removed him from the car, apologized for fucking up a days work, and sent it away to kill a marmot or somehting.

    What's my point? A big fuckin spider built a big fuckin web right in front of my face, A sign from the snow gods telling me its gonna be hella snowy in the PNW - or at least Oregon. Yup, gotta be a sign...
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