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  • EEVblog #152 – Jurassic Spider

    Posted on March 6th, 2011 EEVblog 25 comments

    The spiders are big in Australia. Meet the EEVblog lab mascot.

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    • macegr

      I’m sorry Dave…but spiders are my kryptonite and right now I’m thinking the only way to be sure is to nuke Australia from orbit.

    • sionyn

      he needs a kewl name though…..

      edd the eevblog spider :P

    • Jan

      Bejeezus! That you call a small spider, Dave? I do not want to see the fully grown version of it, I think.

      Here in Europe spiders rarely get bigger than a centimeter or two and even those freak many people out already :)

    • darkman1969

      I hate to say it but there is only one good huntsman and that’s a dead one.I have been bitten 3 times by the dam things so i tend to kill them on sight.

      Just for the record, that is a medium size huntsman. They generally get bigger the further out of town you get.

    • PJ

      I would be on the next flight to Europe within the hour. Quel cauchemar…

    • firewalker

      Yep, Australia.

      http://i.imgur.com/MD34x.jpg

      As I can recall in Shark Bay Australia lives the Earth’s first life form. Stromatolites, dated 3.5 billion years ago.

      • http://www.eevblog.com EEVblog

        I’ve been there, awesome place.

    • Robert

      Dave
      I hope the Wollemi pine does not go the way of your lawn and garden.

      • http://www.eevblog.com EEVblog

        It won’t. The Wollemi pines have survived millions of years, so must be pretty darn hardy!
        The surrounding garden is the only thing that’s failed as they were seeding at the same time we got a massive heat wave a few weeks back. Bad timing and circumstances so the wife says. All the rest of the gardens are doing superlative.

    • FrankSansC

      …and this is why I’ll never go to Australia. I’m allergic to mosquito bites (and I’m talking about mosquitoes that live in France) so I think if this thing with huge hairy legs bites me, I die in the next 5 seconds.

    • Ryan

      Kill it with fire! I’ve always thought moving to australia would be awesome until I learned about the spiders.

    • Robert

      And that right there is the only reason I’m afraid to visit Australia (which I really, really would like to do sometime). If some… thing like that surprised me in my hotel room or what have you I’d have a heart attack. And I’m not even kidding (you should see how I react to the tiny ass spiders we have here in Sweden when they surprise me).

      I couldn’t care less about snakes and other random creepy crawlers (although I’m not a fan), but those damn things freak me out :(

    • f4eru.free.fr

      Dont turn it on, take it appart ..

      err…

      or not…

    • FredTheFanMan

      Have 1st hand experience to them living in cars.
      They crawl underneath the door but they can’t get through the seal. Open the door then they run inside and disappear. Lol.

      Anyone get funnel webs? They are the scary ones, agro bastards. They can spray venom and drive their fangs through toe nails. Huntsmans are docile by comparison.

      • slinger

        I used to live in Killara (Northern Sydney suburb) and we had lots of funnel web spiders in the backyard. I once stuck a hose into a nest and turned on the water. It soaked up all the water for at least 15 minutes, so there must have been some extensive tunnels down there. I heard of someone who poured petrol down a funnel web nest and lit it. The explosion knocked down the wall of the house !

    • http://breadboardconfessions.blogspot.com/ Glenn

      I can’t believe I even made it through this entire video.

      Every time I’ve ever thought of visiting Australia I see something like this and just curl up into the fetal position and whimper myself to sleep at night. I’m scared to death of “normal” sized spiders, like we have here in California. If I found one of those in my house I think I’d just burn it to the ground.

      Stuff of nightmares, mate.

      • http://www.eevblog.com EEVblog

        You’re welcome! :-P

    • aarggh

      What’s worse is when you live near a creek with lots of gum trees. In the place I used to live that backed onto a creek they would come in and head for the rising body heat, so you’d wake up and there’d be 4-8 or so of them right above your head on the ceiling!

      First couple of times it REALLY freaked me out I can say! And near scrub they grow big!

    • http://yopyyop.com Yopyyop

      I must say that this is scary. If you want to make someone not coming to your house you just show this video.

    • Andrew

      D:

      Scary

    • Andrew Pullen

      Ah, this is nothing, Just a harmless Dalena Canceredes! I used to let them run over me when I was a kid. I called them “Shoelace Leg Spiders” and thoight they tickled!
      My sister was petrified of them early on, I often I was called by her to scoop one of the back of the Dunny door! Later she went to live up in the bush where the breed under eucalypt bark. She once saw a Mother Dalena with about 400 juveniles all over this one tree, after that they did not seem to bother her anymore.
      Just recently I was stripping a big old V.F.D. to scavange the huge derlingtons out of it. It had been left up the bush and when I lifted thos choke out a spider jumpped out. At first I thiught is was a Dalenam like this, but it was a little smaller and lighter in colour. It must have been harmless because in sat on top of one of the resevior capacitors and reared up, but like the Funnel Web, but different, it showed the bum of its adbomen where it had a black circle with a few white “eye” spots. It made it look like a much bigger spider and much more scary, but ir was all bulff! I caught it and put it in a jar and took it the the University of Tasmania’s Zoology departmentm but there was no entemologist there who could identify it. Eventually its abdomen shrank as it stared in the jar, so I drowned it in Metho, (Alclhol), but still have its mummified remains which I hope to identify one day!
      Oh, I do have respect for our Tasmanian Funnel Webs, Icziticus Robustus, and the Sydney ones are even more agro than ours!

    • Andrew Pullen

      Ah, this is nothing, Just a harmless Dalena Canceredes! I used to let them run over me when I was a kid. I called them “Shoelace Leg Spiders” and thought they tickled!
      My sister was petrified of them early on, I was often called by her to scoop one of the back of the Dunny door! Later she went to live up in the bush where they breed under eucalypt bark. She once saw a Mother Dalena with about 400 juveniles all over this one tree, after that they did not seem to bother her anymore.
      Just recently I was stripping a big old V.F.D. to scavange the huge darlingtons out of it. It had been left up the bush and when I lifted this choke out a spider jumpped out. At first I thought is was a Dalena like this, but it was a little smaller and lighter in colour. It must have been harmless because it sat on top of one of the resevior capacitors and reared up, bit like the Funnel Web, but different, it showed the bum of its adbomen where it had a black circle with a few white “eye” spots. It made it look like a much bigger spider and much more scary, but it was all bluff! I caught it and put it in a jar and took it the the University of Tasmania’s Zoology department but there was no entemologist there who could identify it. Eventually its abdomen shrank as it starved in the jar, so I drowned it in Metho, (Alcohol), but still have its mummified remains which I hope to identify one day!
      Oh, I do have respect for our Tasmanian Funnel Webs, Icziticus Robustus, and the Sydney ones are even more agro than ours!
      This Sydney Dalena has the four rear legs shorter than ours and the abdomen is a mor “peanut” colour, ours is more grey and harier and all the legs are the same length ans the front legs of Dave’s specimin, here.

    • Victor

      Will we see a teardown of this puppy? =)

    • http://orionrobots.co.uk danny

      I guess Australia is not a place for being an arachnophobe. I’m mostly ok around spiders, apart from when they try to run up my trouserleg – I presume they are trying to find somewhere dark to hide quickly, and it looked suitable, but I’m not keen on that at all…

    • Johm

      I have always defended and used the approach of the cd box and the sheet of paper to bring multi-legged friends to open air.