May 31, 2006

Eewww...

We found something nearly an inch long that looked like this



crawling around in our kitchen window. Threateningly.

Okay, we know that theoretically jumping spiders - even unnaturally huge ones that make thumping noises when they step - are (relatively) harmless.

We don't care. We sent it to meet it's Maker. Because it was pacing directly above our stove, and we weren't sure that if we had to wrestle with it over tonight's chicken, we would emerge victorious.

We weren't afraid to use our swords, if we had to...

(we used hairspray and a mercifully brief drubbing with a rolled up newspaper, instead)


9 Comments:

Blogger mama_tulip said...

Oh my god, that's huge.

(Did you read my blog today? I had a run-in with a nasty insect, too.)

1:34 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

EEEEEEEEEK! I didn't think you could find such large spiders in Minnesota. I thought that's part of what made this paradise.

Wha...?

9:17 PM  
Blogger mE said...

I KNOW!!! I've never seen such a thing here in the wild, it was SCARY!!

It's officially a 'jumping spider', which eats other spiders. They're generally found in much warmer climes. Either Global Warming is doing strange things, or it traveled up here in somebody else's luggage and then migrated into our house... we've got lots of spiders, so it makes sense that it would be attracted to us. If it wasn't guarding our oven like that I might have been argued by Scott into letting it live, as a pest-control system. As it was...

Nope. *shudder*

9:24 PM  
Blogger mrspao said...

Eep - that is one big and hairy spider! I think you were very brave to take it on with just hairspray and a rolled up newspaper.

9:47 PM  
Blogger Tink said...

Egad. *Backs away from the blog slowly* Even pictures are more than I want to see of that guy. :)

1:15 PM  
Blogger Tink said...

Egad. *Backs away from the blog slowly* Even pictures are more than I want to see of that guy. :)

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I raised two baby bats in my bra cups one summer, spiders are in the same cuteness league, kinda...

That spider has a PICTURE OF A CAT ON IT.
Did you notice!?

11:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://animals.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://salticidae.org/jsotw.html

Click on this link.
Notice that spiders are beginning to wear dark sunglasses. Like spooks.
There is something afoot.

11:59 PM  
Blogger mE said...

Weird, it DOES have a picture of a cat on its back!

But in person giant wild spiders are not in ANY cuteness league. I DARE you to nurse two of them in your bra...
:D

8:02 AM  

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