Need a name!

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We have a relatively new resident, a Nephila clavipes, living outside our house. She's been there all summer long. She wasn't all that big when I first saw her a couple months ago, but now -- this image is just about right (source: wikipedia):

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Yesterday she was snackin' on a good-sized lizard that must have fallen out of the tree below which she is currently nesting. That's not all that good (those lizards are great pest control), but normally she snacks on critters I would rather not have around such as mosquitos and wood roaches.

Any suggestions for a name (not that she'll respond to it, of course)?
 

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I wish we had spiders like that in the UK, she's beautiful. Best one I've seen all summer is a 1.5inch house spider.

(I shan't comment on the lite beer, I'm just surprised someone who drinks it would get close to a spider that size... :biggrin:)
 
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The markings on her abdo look like dew on a can of Miller Lite.


Millie! :smile:
 
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The markings on her abdo look like dew on a can of Miller Lite.


Millie! :smile:

Nice, I like it!
 
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Doris.
 
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How about Holy Crap, because that's what I'd say every time I saw her.
 
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How about Holy Crap, because that's what I'd say every time I saw her.
She's very beautiful! I used to see them a lot around Houston particular in garden areas.

You could name her mate Morris, or Marvin.
 
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I wish we had spiders like that in the UK, she's beautiful. Best one I've seen all summer is a 1.5inch house spider.

This one has been seen in UK, and from what I read it is getting more and more common:

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Definitely smaller, body size around half an inch.
 
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My garden is infested with spiders between 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch in length, they have some lovely markings. I'd just like to see something a bit bigger, the tiddlers we currently have aren't exactly awe inspiring.
 
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I'd just like to see something a bit bigger..

Have toddlers? Toss one into a web. Wait a few weeks.
 
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Chiquita.

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Have toddlers? Toss one into a web. Wait a few weeks.

Toddler? As in kids?

Tiddler - as in really small.

Don't know whether I've miss-understood what you said or you misread me. Didn't stop me spitting coke over my laptop because of what you wrote though.

Borg I thought that was real then :grumpy:
 
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How about just "Nephi".
Nephila clavipes
 
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How about "The thing that'll kill your family in its sleep.' :surprised"

*Shudder*

Ok Ok... umm... Todesengel (or Tod for short)... means "angel of death" in German.

Or... ansatsusha no tokage (Lizard Assassin) (and Ana for short) in Japanese?

Otherwise: Charlotte.
 
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How about "The thing that'll kill your family in its sleep.' :surprised

Are you saying the spider dreams of killing DH's family? :biggrin:
 
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Are you saying the spider dreams of killing DH's family? :biggrin:

Yes. Yes I am. Androids dream of electric sheep and that big ****er is dreaming of eating D H. No doubt we'll see no posts, become worried, and they'll find him wrapped in silk and sucked dry. :tongue2:
 
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Any suggestions for a name (not that she'll respond to it, of course)?

Peter Parker

ooh, you said a she...

Patty Parker
 
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Borg I thought that was real then :grumpy:

When I was trying to come up with a name for DH's spider, I found that the common name for the spider is a banana spider. When I searched for pictures to verify that it was the same type, I saw that one and just couldn't resist posting it. :biggrin:
 
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From Wikipedia:

"The venom of the golden silk orb-weaver is potent but not lethal to humans. It has a neurotoxic effect similar to that of the black widow spider; however, its venom is not nearly as powerful. The bite causes local pain, redness, and blisters that normally disappear within a 24-hour interval. In rare cases, it might trigger allergic reactions and result in respiratory troubles (in asthmatics) or fast-acting involuntary muscle cramps. As the genus possesses relatively strong chelicera, the bite could leave a scar on hard tissue (such as fingers)."

Think you could get a close-up of her fangs? Just how good are those digital cameras anyway?
 
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From Wikipedia:

"The venom of the golden silk orb-weaver is potent but not lethal to humans. It has a neurotoxic effect similar to that of the black widow spider; however, its venom is not nearly as powerful. The bite causes local pain, redness, and blisters that normally disappear within a 24-hour interval. In rare cases, it might trigger allergic reactions and result in respiratory troubles (in asthmatics) or fast-acting involuntary muscle cramps. As the genus possesses relatively strong chelicera, the bite could leave a scar on hard tissue (such as fingers)."

Think you could get a close-up of her fangs? Just how good are those digital cameras anyway?


:surprised:

Oh man... I am so glad that buggers don't live near me.
 
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Jimmy is a nice name.
 
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Jimmy is a nice name.

For a girl? (or did we assume it's female?)
 
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She's a she. The males are tiny in comparison. She's had a mate - and like some females of our species, she ate him alive.
 

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