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Orb Spider (Nephila maculata) on my face video going viral!

1 Nov

Well, recently I did a video of my Wuelfing stick insect (juvenile) walking around on my head.  It got such a crazy response from my friends, I decided to up the ante.  Why not put my beautiful orb spider, Coraline, on my head and really freak people out?  (I blame my love for Stephen King for this love of making people’s skin crawl.) As many of you may not know, this spider, despite appearances, is actually a very docile creature.  They’re not aggressive and not ready biters, although they are venomous and fully capable of biting.  But, their venom is not considered medically significant, like say a Redback.

So, I posted this video to YouTube so I could share it with my friends on Facebook.  Then I posted it on Reddit.  Somewhere in there, it went viral…ish.  Right now it’s sitting at just under 73,000 views.   I’ve been interviewed by the local news station, local newspaper, the story has been run on everything from The Daily Mail to MTV.com.  I’m not sure how these phenomenons happen, but it’s pretty crazy that it’s my silly mug on the viral video of the minute.

So, here’s a look at the video that’s causing such a stir.  ***Remember, these spiders are venomous and should not be handled by anyone not experienced with insect and spider handling.***

Teddy Bear Spider

4 Mar

Okay, so maybe the title is a bit misleading. And not that I need to mention a teddy bear to get you here. I mean, if you’re here there’s a good chance you were looking for something insect related. Or just randomly stumbled on this site and after seeing this photo may never come back.

See, I first posted this picture to my Wannabe Entomologist Instagram account where I am followed (virtually, not physically) by other like-minded bug nerds. They loved it.

So, I broke my “no more spider pictures on Facebook” rule and posted it there as well. And I realized something-if you hate spiders, no suggestion that it looks like anything else will work.

So, here is the first version I posted.

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See anything?

How about now?

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I can clearly see a sleeping, upside down teddy bear with blondish hair. And it looks adorable. Apparently not to arachnophobes.

(The spider in the picture is a Garden Orb Web Spider – Eriophora transmarina (Araneus transmarina))

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Giant Golden Orb Spider

30 May

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