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spider id

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by fbelec, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. fbelec

    fbelec Minister of Fire

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    i need help with a id. this is a big spider. it's about 2.5 inches. the first egg it laid i destroyed but it is making a second one. the egg sack is the size of a acorn. please excuse the picture it came off my phone and it was the 10th or 11th try i just couldn't get a good one.

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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    My chart says the spider is about 2,000 btu per cord.
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  3. fbelec

    fbelec Minister of Fire

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    LOL i let you know.
  4. Freeheat

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    Tomato spider or garden spider It wont hurt ya
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    +1 garden spider.
  6. fbelec

    fbelec Minister of Fire

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    they are big. my wife is afraid to go any where near the garage because she thinks it's going to jump on her. it is the biggest egg sack i've ever seen
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    Yep, black and yellow garden spider.
  9. fbelec

    fbelec Minister of Fire

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    thanks guys. retired guy thanks nice site. lots of good info on the stuff i see around the wood piles.
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    Orb weaver
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    JOHN BOY Minister of Fire

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    Correct .... down here we call them the writing spider or painter .
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    Like others said, we call them "garden spiders" here. Definitely DON'T kill it, 1 spider will eat ton's of other pests. My wife hates spiders and gets really angry when I don't kill them, if they are on the house and too close for her I'll just get a long stick and just relocated it.
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    Used to come across large webs with these spiders in them in corn fields.
    The spiders would flex their legs to move the web back and forth when you approached them, I'm guessing as a warning. Not sure if other spiders do that or not.
    I also used to mist their webs with water when it was dry in Texas and they would immediately run over to drink (attack?) the water.
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    we call them garden spiders down here too, usually they are a brown when adolescent then get the yellow and black markings on the "belly" and a grey "face" definately a "good" spider they will eat up a crapload of less desirable bugs so dont kill it , if the web is in a bad space for you , gently urge the spider off the web and remove the web, he should get the message and rebuild in a less obtrusive place in the same general location
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    fbelec Minister of Fire

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    he is now in the missing. don't know where or what happened to him or her but it's gone. wife said she didn't touch it. the egg sack is still there
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    I've had some big spiders on my siding, I think they're Wolf spiders. Thing is they crap all over the siding and it's hard to clean.
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    The egg sacs are great fun.
    The mother may have died by now
    When the eggs hatch you get a beautiful swarm of tiny spiderlings tumbling round, really fun to watch. I encourage them; great for trapping flies.
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    Watch them closely and you may get to see them send out a bit of silk and ride the breeze to their new homes.

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