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    balletic and glacial Jonathan's Avatar
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    They really are! I'd be torn between the desire to burn them down and to photograph them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan View Post
    They really are! I'd be torn between the desire to burn them down and to photograph them.
    Photograph, then burn. Problem solved!

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    Spiders are cool! There are always loads in my house, much rather them than the things they like to eat. I watched one for ages once making its web, it was so fascinating.
    Maybe for once, someone will call me "Sir" without adding, "You're making a scene."

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    Maybe for once, someone will call me "Sir" without adding, "You're making a scene."

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    OoOoOo the furry one is really neat. Looks like Tori left one of her wigs laying around on an outside leaf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lathan View Post
    I swear to god there was an X-Files episode where this happened to humans.

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    The honey badger... it just doesn't give a shit.


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    Militia of the Mind toriMODE's Avatar
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    Very interesting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beanstew View Post
    those actually creep me the eff out. *shudders*



    i don't have a problem with snakes or spiders, but i freak out over centipedes, millipedes, and caterpillars.
    It basically comes down to that word: love. I guess that's what it's all about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cold pressed olives View Post
    those actually creep me the eff out. *shudders*



    i don't have a problem with snakes or spiders, but i freak out over centipedes, millipedes, and caterpillars.
    That fucker freaks me out. *shudder*

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    i don't have a problem with snakes or spiders, but i freak out over centipedes, millipedes, and caterpillars.
    Me too! Slugs too. My son has a "small animals" book and whenever we get to the caterpillar, I look away and turn the page over quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cold pressed olives View Post
    WUT. IS. THAT.

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    I think it's part tomato horn worm, part Star Wars Sand Monster. It makes me feel nauseated, either way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cold pressed olives View Post
    i don't have a problem with snakes or spiders, but i freak out over centipedes, millipedes, and caterpillars.
    I love snakes, I don't mind spiders... for me it's beetles, wasps and giant flying bugs a June bug flew at me the other day and I totally freaked out.

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    Scuba diving spider!



    Using its web as a gill, the diving-bell spider can live underwater with only occasional visits to the surface.

    The arachnid (Argyroneta aquatica) breathes air from a bubble that it grabs from the surface of water using fine hairs on its abdomen. The spider traps the air within a bell-shaped silken web that it constructs underwater and carries around like an aqualung.

    It was first described over 250 years ago, but until now biologists didn't know how it managed to remain underwater without frequent visits to the surface to renew the oxygen in its tiny air bubble.

    To find out, Roger Seymour from the University of Adelaide in South Australia and Stefan Hetz of Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, placed 12 spiders in individual aquaria and measured the oxygen levels within the air bubbles using optical fibres tipped with oxygen-sensitive dye. Seymour also measured the concentration of oxygen in the water outside the bubble.

    "The spider's web acts like a gill," says Seymour. The silken web allows oxygen to diffuse from the surrounding water into the depleted air, as well as release carbon dioxide.

    Based on the rate that oxygen diffused into the air bubble, Seymour calculated that 70 per cent of the spider's oxygen supply comes from diffusion through the web.

    During the day, Seymour never observed the spiders replenishing their air supply. He believes they can survive underwater for more than 24 hours, allowing them to stay out of sight of predators and prey alike. However, as oxygen levels go down, nitrogen concentrations increase in the bubble. Nitrogen starts to diffuse out into the water, and eventually the bubble collapses.
    Nature is amazing!
    Maybe for once, someone will call me "Sir" without adding, "You're making a scene."

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