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    Help ID a spider

    Found this big boy near my trash bins yesterday and I cannot seem to identify what kind it is. I've been all over google and various university sites. Closest I've come is a Tropical Orb Weaver but I don't believe that is correct.

    He was big. Body was nearly two inches in length. With legs spread he was four to five inches in diameter. Brown with big white marking on his back. His web was equally large and impressive. I'm in southeast Texas, Houston area. Never seen one like this before.

    Sorry for the crappy pic but I was skeered and didn't want to get too close...


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    If you could describe the flavor of the web I should be able to help. LMK.

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    I think his name is Bob. He has a brother Niel, but I'm pretty sure Niel lost a leg in a water spout accident...
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    Spiral orb web. Approx 3 ft diameter

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    hold my beer n watch this
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    big hairy is the vernacular around these parts
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    Looks harmless...but if you see this one RUN!
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    I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.

    No go away, or I shall taunt you a second time.

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    I think that was Shelob. I really hope you had an elvish dagger with you.

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    Dang. I'm in the Houston area, too. I should not have opened this thread.

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    What the kitteh saw....

    Sorry, couldn't help myself.
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    Wow.

    They really are bigger in Texas
    We'll be back soon, there will be more of us, and next time we won't be dropping leaflets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chain View Post
    I think his name is Bob. He has a brother Niel, but I'm pretty sure Niel lost a leg in a water spout accident...
    7 legged spider FTW! however, i've now been educated that the 7 legged spider's name is Niel.
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    is super good looking.
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    Looks like an orb weaver to me too.
    Its not a recluse or widow. Therefor you should be safe keeping it as an outdoor watch spider.

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    yucky spider. that's what it is.

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    Definitely better than this!!
    We'll be back soon, there will be more of us, and next time we won't be dropping leaflets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saf-t View Post
    Definitely better than this!!
    "It's just learning not to get bit."

    Seriously?? I'm pretty sure "being infested with deadly spiders" would qualify one to get out of their lease.
    I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.

    No go away, or I shall taunt you a second time.

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    I just had to ID a big, greenish, fuzzy caterpillar with black spikes on its back. Per the interwebs, it's harmless. Set it down in the driveway where it headed in the opposite direction of the tomato plants.

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    Holy shite. I'd be grabbing the gun for that thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ventruck View Post
    yucky spider. that's what it is.


    I concur.

    Nauseating.

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    I don't know what kind of spider that is, but I'd be sneaking my trash into the neighbor's cans from now on....

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    Where is the salt gun when you need it.
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    Okay, now that I got a good look at the picture, I'd say it's a BIGass effin' spider, and that you should move to a more northern climate where bugs like that don't survive the winter.

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    I just came in from watering plants and I'm kind of regretting my decision to knock down his web. The mosquitoes are terrible. I've enlisted an expert and am awaiting his e-mail before I venture back to that corner of the yard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine View Post
    Okay, now that I got a good look at the picture, I'd say it's a BIGass effin' spider, and that you should move to a more northern climate where bugs like that don't survive the winter.

    Ahhh yes. The northern climes of the continental US...where Hobo spiders (worse than Recluses) came on a ship from England and made themselves at home here. Our only other super-nasty spiders are Black Widows.

    But, yeah, the southern US really got shafted when it comes to icky critters.

    I'm hoping the Africanized bees decide the PNW is hostile and halt their progression north.

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    everybody knows that's a Big Fvckin' Spider.
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    It's mighty kind of that spider to put up his web in front of your garbage cans to ward off the raccoons and other creatures/insects that may be attracted to the garbage smell.
    That's one enterprising spider with a plan!
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