I've been bitten!

  1. SpaceTiger

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    ...by several bugs. But most importantly, this spider decided to feast on my elbow last night:

    Broad-Faced Sac Spider

    The spider has been taken down, but I'm fading fast. If I die, please give the following statement to the press:

    "SpaceTiger was a simple man who cared for nothing but his family, his country, and the sheep he tended. His presence (or lack thereof) was an inspiration to us all and he will be sorely missed at [your address here]."
     
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  3. arildno

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    Did you bite back?
    At least then, you could die in the happy knowledge of having made your revenge.
     
  4. Kurdt

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    Wait a minute! Was this spider red and blue and had a distinct tinge of radioactiveness? Do you have the desire to change to a career in journalism and have suddenly found yourself liking red headed women with two first names?

    If not then maybe you are on the way out.
     
  5. Evo

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    We won't forget you ST, we'll sticky a Space Tiger Memorial thread in Astronomy.

    Does the spider bite still hurt? We're you romping through the hay last night?
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2006
  6. arildno

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    With a spider??
    That's probably why it bit him then, knowing the temper of she-spiders..

    SpaceTiger:
    Do it with someone your own size next time.
     
  7. SpaceTiger

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    I did. In fact, I'm putting it in a little box to show to my date for lunch. Maybe she'll be impressed by my hunting skills.
     
  8. Danger

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    Or maybe she'll just toss her lunch when she sees it. :surprised
     
  9. Astronuc

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    Nice looking spider. I see them here periodically and I have to escort them outside if other family members notice them.

    Can we add "the starry skies" to the list of things that you cared nothing about? Do you have any last requests? What is your favorite drink, so the we can properly toast you?

    You might try Benadryl, topically and orally, if you have a reaction to the bite.
     
  10. Ha! I thought I was the only one. :biggrin:
    We have a fairly new bug up here in New England called the Western Conifer Seed Bug. It's a harmless insect (to humans), but it is fairly large and comes indoors when the weather starts turning cold.
    I usually just let them be since I think they're pretty neat looking, but my wife is absolutely terrified of them. If she see's one I'll hear her scream and then I have to run over yelling "don't kill it! don't kill it!" so I can catch it and put it outside.

    -GeoMike-
     
  11. turbo

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    You aren't alone. I catch bugs (the biting/stinging ones anyway) by tipping a glass tumbler over them and sliding a playing card under them. then they get a free ride out to the deck. My reluctance to kill spiders has backfired on me, though. I woke up one morning with the base of my left middle finger painfully swollen and it took days for the swelling to go down to the point where it was no longer uncomfortable. I still have the fang marks (a pair of red bumps) and it has been over two years since the rascal bit me.
     
  12. Insects don't last long in my house of 3 cats. Especially if the bugs make noise or move.:biggrin:
     
  13. Ouch!
    Due to a severe alergic reaction to bees and wasps, I have to have my wife kill any wasps or bees in our home.

    I'm often rescuing bugs from our cats as well. They seem especially fond of the taste of moths. The bigger the better (although they'd probably be afraid of a Luna Moth).

    -GeoMike-
     
  14. Astronuc

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    That's my method unless I pick up the spider in my hands. I use a glass and piece of paper or card if the spider is on a flat surface and won't climb on time hand. Plus I don't want to squish them.

    I've never been bitten by a spider, but my wife has.

    When I was very young, my brother and I used to play with 'daddy longlegs' (harvestmen). We let them run over our hands and crawl up our arms or legs, on our heads. I guess we just got use to handling spiders and other arachnids. Scorpions require more care.
     
  15. DaveC426913

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    This is the most original apostrophe-mangling typo I've seen in a long time. :biggrin:
     
  16. Evo

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    :rofl: I'm really getting bad at that lately. I've found that I'm also forgetting how to spell common words. Words that I've known how to spell all my life. I guess the end is getting near. :frown:
     
  17. DaveC426913

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    Oh! We have those. At least I think we do. The ones we get are jet black, never coloured. But they have that wing pattern on the back. They are stupid, hiding in plain sight (like the middle of a wall), and often tumble down stairs.

    All this time I've been told this was an assassin bug.

    [EDIT] You know, the WCSB isn't a great match either. I never seem to see pictures of either of these guys in jet black (and frankly, I'm astonished at the variety of both types). I'm not going to rest until I have these guys positively identified.

    What I get look exactly like this, except shiny jet black. Well, I suppose that could just be a species.

    Even more similar... (too bad it's in Kentucky)
     
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  18. SpaceTiger

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    Nah, it was kind of embarassing. I brought the spider, but couldn't even find the bite!
     
  19. Moonbear

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    I'd have just assumed it was a stink bug if I saw that. Is it just another name for the same bug as it varies a bit across the US? There are other stink bugs too. Anyway, if it is a stink bug, it's a good thing you carry it back outside rather than squishing it in the house!

    http://images.google.com/imgres?img...?q=stink+bug&svnum=10&hl=en&lr=&safe=off&sa=G
     
  20. DaveC426913

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    Well, that's true they do stink. I'd assumed that was a general trait though, since ladybugs do that to.

    Your picture is an excellent likeness. Again, except for the jet blackness.
     
  21. Danger

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    My favoured approach to bugs is a can of WD-40 and a lighter. :approve:
     
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