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  • This squicked me out....

    Tonight I used my cheap LED headlamp to go out to get the hay nets I hang out in the pasture under the trees. It was full dark. I'm looking at the path to the treeline with the headlamp, and I notice these tiny crystal blue bright sparkles in the dead grass lining the path. I'm thinking maybe it's old pieces of glass I need to pick up, or metal, etc...so I lean down to get a closer look at one and it's neither of the above it's..........

    little grass spiders, 1/2" long or so.....

    I guess it's their eyes, like cat night vision?

    I think I'd rather not know what's lurking in the grass in front of me.....

    "As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use."- William James
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    Proud member of the Wheat Loss Clique.

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    Yup, spider eye-shine. Shows up blue or green depending on type of spider. Usually only happens with ground spiders...like wolf spiders or various other smaller types. They have different eyesight than web/weaver type spiders since they have to spot and chase down meals instead of waiting for it to come to them.

    They don't like being picked up.
    You jump in the saddle,
    Hold onto the bridle!
    Jump in the line!
    ...Belefonte

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    • #3
      We saw spider eye shine on a jungle night hike in Belize. Wolf spiders w/ babies. We were beside ourselves with glee - it seemed very exotic. You know what else we saw on the jungle hike that we flew thousands of miles for? A raccoon.

      So you should be happy to have cool fauna close by.

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      • #4
        Well, it is getting close to Halloween!

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        • #5
          The cane spiders here have the same thing going on, only they are are about four inches wide. Ick!

          Still, they are better than the scorpians, who really enjoy sleeping underneath saddle pads that are hanging out to dry. Which I found out when one ran up my arm as I grabbed the pad off the fence.
          For the horse color genetics junky

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          • #6
            Eweeeeeeeeee..... See, that's why I don't wear my contacts all the time.

            Sorry, but Wolf spiders? Brings back the scene on the patio deck in Arachnaphobia, John what's-his-name and the wolf spider who crouches and jumps sideways. SPLAT. Not that that film stuck with me or anything.
            I threatened my sister that I would tie her to a chair and force her to watch it. She wouldn't walk into the room when it was on TV

            Paging ZuZu..

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
              They don't like being picked up.

              As If!!!!!

              Eyeshine at foot-level I can handle.
              It's running into the orb spiders at eye-level that makes me squeal like a little girl.
              They are pretty & I admire their work - with the "zipper" in the center - but still...
              *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
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              Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
              Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015

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              • #8
                BLECK! NO THANK YOU!

                UGH! I get goosebumps and the willies just thinking about it. I don't do spiders...no matter the size. EEEEEEWWWIIIIIEEEEE!!!!!
                "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."

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                • #9
                  We don't walk around here, especially at night, without knowing what is around us, because we have rattlers, that tend to get annoyed about being disturbed.

                  Spiders? No sweat, the only dangerous ones are black widows and brown recluses and those stay in dark places.

                  We are having a very busy tarantula season this year, but if you don't bother those, they won't bother you.

                  I bet those eyes were interesting to watch.

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                  • #10
                    ew.
                    Originally posted by dizzywriter
                    My saddle fits perfectly well. It might be a little tight around the waist, but I take care of that with those spandex things.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 2DogsFarm View Post

                      As If!!!!!

                      Eyeshine at foot-level I can handle.
                      It's running into the orb spiders at eye-level that makes me squeal like a little girl.
                      They are pretty & I admire their work - with the "zipper" in the center - but still...
                      Exactly!!!
                      "Never do anything that you have to explain twice to the paramedics."
                      Courtesy my cousin Tim

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                        #12
                        Bluey, I gotta say I'm hoping to run into a tarantula at night with my LED just to see if their eyes also do that. I kinda am ok with the 'big girls' since they're hard to miss, and they move so slow.
                        "As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use."- William James
                        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

                        Proud member of the Wheat Loss Clique.

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                        • #13
                          Don't want to see spider eyes. And I'm not usually an ArachnoBigot. As a rule, I'm for the politically disenfranchised species who never got to be the popular kids in school.
                          The armchair saddler
                          Politically Pro-Cat

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                          • #14
                            I just got a new LED headlamp this year and saw the spider eye shine for the first time just a few weeks ago- the sparkles are so brilliant- while I'm not super fond of spiders- I'm not scared of them either- I was enchanted with the diamond glitter all around. A regular flashlight won't show it to you- the light has to be close to your eyes. I think it's neat how even the tiniest of spiders will give back a large flash.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Melelio View Post
                              Bluey, I gotta say I'm hoping to run into a tarantula at night with my LED just to see if their eyes also do that. I kinda am ok with the 'big girls' since they're hard to miss, and they move so slow.
                              If you are referring to tarantulas as the big girls who move slow think again! Those suckers can MOVE!
                              "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."

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                              • #16
                                This whole thread has me squirming a bit...but I have to agree with those orb spiders at eye level. Eeeeewweeeee.....Had one build its beautiful web all around my weedeating supplies. I didn't notice it until my hand was through it, RIGHT NEXT TO Charlotte herself. Ack! I know they won't hurt me, but it doesn't stop my girlish reaction to it.

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                                • #17
                                  Spider sniffing

                                  Around here we call hunting for spiders using a light to spot the eye shine "spider sniffing". Take a newbie out on an especially dark summer night, hold the light up next to you head and pretend to be smelling around for the spiders. You can see the reflections from their eyes but anybody without a light cannot see the little sparkles of light. You can walk right up to spiders nobody else can see. After an evening of spider sniffing you can also take your newbies on a snipe hunt!

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                                  • #18
                                    I was cutting down the huge overhead weeds that grew up around my manure pile a couple weeks ago with the big weedwacker.
                                    That thing requires both of my hands, it's a huge professional one with blades.
                                    I was getting annoyed because the end of my ponytail had gotten stuck to my neck sweat or stuck in the neck of my shirt and no amount of shaking my head hard was getting it out. I could feel it tickling me. Pissed that I'd have to try to tug it off one handed and drop the weedwacker, I turned my head quick to glare at it.

                                    It glared back.

                                    I must have knocked a really respectably sized wolf spider off of one of the tall weeds. Onto me. She was holding on for dear life.

                                    Now I like wolf spiders. I like watching them and have relocated them instead of squishing them. But turning your head and seeing a big one about an inch from your nose on your shoulder? I went shirtless in less than 1/2 second...outside be damned! Was able to whip shirt and running weedwacker strap up over my head and threw both.

                                    Did a quick heebie-jeebie dance slapping myself all over, reached over and shut off weedwacker and did the walk of shame all the way back to my house topless...just the bra, fish-white body where there wasn't farmer's tan and with green speckled face and arms from weedwacking. Tres chic. (went back for shirt later, shook it out)

                                    So yeah, even those not afraid of spiders can get squicked out by surprise ones!

                                    Tarantulas don't have eye shine. Even being ground hunters they hunt more by feel than sight. I think that makes the eyes a little different and those don't have the reflective shine. And those all go from really slow to fast as hell. And most can jump incredible distances...which is how many hunt. Ambush. (they feel vibrations of movement through their feet and body hairs) None of the ones we had in the house growing up had eye shine and I think my brother had 5-6 different types. Breeds? Something....
                                    You jump in the saddle,
                                    Hold onto the bridle!
                                    Jump in the line!
                                    ...Belefonte

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                                      #19
                                      Wolf spiders...ICK ICK ICK!!!!!! They hunt you down, challenge you to make a move, insist they're going to run after you full speed if you go somewhere they deem to be their territory....ICKKKK!!!!!

                                      In one of my son's wildlife learning tools, there's a card for Wolf Spiders that says "Wolf spiders make great pets..." IIIIICCCCCKKKK!!!!!!!

                                      Tarantulas may be able to go fast, but they normally choose not to when simply strolling across the ground here in TX. One cornered me in the garage the other day, and I squirted her with water to make her go OUT, so she goes SIDEWAYS to the shelves, fairly fast. But not that fast. I like to follow them outside in the barnyard to see where they're off to.

                                      Grass spiders in my tack room will be annihilated....ick....

                                      And then there are those that have the bumpies all over their back - or whatever that body part is called - I hear it's hundreds of baby spiders?!?!?!??!? TOTAL ICK!!!!!
                                      "As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use."- William James
                                      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

                                      Proud member of the Wheat Loss Clique.

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                                      • #20
                                        Those are wolf spiders...they carry their egg sac around until it hatches. Then all the babies hitch a ride on momma for about 2 weeks. Then they go off on their own.
                                        You jump in the saddle,
                                        Hold onto the bridle!
                                        Jump in the line!
                                        ...Belefonte

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