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26-08-2006, 00:02   #1
 
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Big Big Spiders.. Merged

Over the past few weeks I've seen a good few big brown spiders in the garden. Im talking.. 2 or 2.5 inches in size. Finally tonight, one of them made the mistake of getting into the living room. To avoid a seizure from my sleeping girlfriend, I quickly despatched him to spider heaven (sorry insect lovers, but she hates the tiny ones.. this lad would have her selling the house).

I got a photo with my phone but it isnt too clear. I know they're following the warmth inside but I can honestly say Ive never seen them this big. Global warming?

What are these species called? I presume they're native to Ireland.. Ive seen them before, just not with muscles.

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26-08-2006, 00:12   #2
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This thing got into my brothers house on Thursday. He said he noticed something running out the corner of his eye and thought it was a mouse. Obviously it wasn't but he said it was so big he froze! See attached.
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Here's the lad now.. just before he got a puck of hello magazine.

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looks like Dolomendes fimbriatus to me but the photo is ****.
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looks like Dolomendes fimbriatus to me but the photo is ****.
Yep.. he just refused to stay and pose while I went for the Canon EOS. Option 2 was the camera phone beside me.

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LOL :0)

Yep, the last few years I'm noticing the amazing sized spiders that are becomming the norm for this country.

There has to be SOME reason, probably climate change, because some of the monsters Iv seen in the last 10 years have scared the hell out of me.

Im a bit weird in that I dont mind large tarantula's at all, but a large "wild" domestic spider scared me sh1tless! I spose its coz I have no idea of species.

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Holy bejaysis, datd scare the ****e outta me


My gaff's d same, packed with crawlers


Still can't believe im so scared of somethin I can jus squish


But yeah, dat is one ginormous fvcker, for Ireland
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here's a close-up of one i found. it's not in spider heaven.
but it's hopefully far away from the house
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I was in the shower on Thursday morning and spotted a shadow moving up the outside of the shower curtain. Next thing I see a two inch (fat) leg appearing over the top - never moved so quickly in my life...

Got some kitchen roll, grabbed it (could still feel it thru two sheets of kitchen paper) and left it out the back - it seemed about 3 inches long... definitely the biggest spider I've seen around the place. Horrible.

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Think the common name or the name we called these spiders in the uk was the harvest spider - casue you see lots of them at this time of the year - I have had 3 huge ones in my bedroom this week - mating time I think. will post up some of the cool pics I got of the ones in my room - thank god the hubby is not afraid of them & rescues me.

Becareful when you pick them up as few years ago my brother picked one up & it turned around & bit him! a nasty bite it was too!

When we first moved to Ireland we rented a old farmhouse in the kitchen was a web with a BIRD in it! I did not want to meet that SPIDER!
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Holy crap, they'd scare the **** out of me if I saw them anywhere in my house!
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here's a close-up of one i found. it's not in spider heaven.
but it's hopefully far away from the house
the fangs on dat fvcker!
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we have millions of those in our house (reason why i vacated my room and now sleep in my mums art room, i was lying in bed, scratched my leg, which was itchy, took my hand away and a massive spider was on my hand, i hurled it across the room, then looked down to see another sitting on the bed)

we are getting a back extension and they are coming in there, that and the back door is open all day, and the attic isnt too well sealed from the outside.
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Shower of wusses... the don't bite.. in fact they clean up the place ..get of flies and other peskys... don't squish... escort them to the door in your hand.
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Interesting fact, The venom in a common household spider is more poisonous than a Black Widow's or a Brown Recluse, but they cannot bite humans because their jaws won't open wide enough.
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