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September 21st, 2010


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10:22 pm - Spiders !
Errr, this post will be about spiders (no photos, though), so arachnophobes may want to just skip along now ...

When we moved into this house, there was a good population of Pholcidae (aka "Daddy long-legs") around - usually one per room or area, but under the house (my workshop area) there were at least a dozen. This was good, because they're pretty benign as spiders go (from a human point of view), but they keep the insect population down, and also prey on some other types of spiders, including redbacks and huntsman, which is definitely a good thing.

However, sometime relatively recently, they seem to have all vanished - even the ones under the house. We haven't done anything to actively get rid of them, except occasionally idly brushing away the obvious cobwebs here and there (but always leaving some behind). We don't use fly-spray or surface spray inside the house, in general.
So, where did they go ? How do we lure them back ?
Current Mood: curiouscurious

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From:hobnobs
Date:September 21st, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
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They're a cannibalistic lot... If they ran out of food they might've eaten each other.
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From:f4f3
Date:September 21st, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
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What eats them?
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From:frostfox
Date:September 21st, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
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Max, eats them in my house, one leg at a time.

I've lost count of the seven (or less) legged spiders I've put out to safety.

FF
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From:f4f3
Date:September 21st, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
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Where do you find spiders with no legs?

Where you left them...
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From:angharad_gam
Date:September 22nd, 2010 11:28 am (UTC)
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You know I haven't noticed many around here lately. Maybe it's just winter...

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