That’s a whole lotta legs

I disturbed the mass of spiders living in my compost bin, and apparently I disrupted the status quo, because one large female rushed over and attacked a smaller female. I guess she was taking advantage of my intrusion to take out the competition.

Spider battles are tangly and confusing.


  1. christoph says

    @PZ: If I have nightmares tonight because of this image, I’m blaming you.

  2. Hemidactylus says

    I’ve had flatties show up now and then in my house. One was hanging out on the bathroom ceiling for a few days. Seek and the iPhone camera app weren’t very good at ID. It is hard to get a decent close photo without spooking them.

    The Cybertruck I spotted yesterday was more alarming.

  3. birgerjohansson says

    Tim Thompson is rarely hanging out under my ceiling, but maybe I have not looked thoroughly. This side the Atlantic I am more afraid of a Boris crawling in.

  4. christoph says

    @PZ, # 2: I misread that as “Tim Thomerson,” from the 1980’s “Jack Deth” movies.

  5. Silentbob says

    All centipedes are venomous and can inflict painful stings, injecting their venom through pincer-like appendages known as forcipules or toxicognaths, which are actually modified legs instead of fangs. Despite the name, no centipede has exactly 100 pairs of legs; the number of pairs of legs is an odd number that ranges from 15 pairs to 191 pairs.

    Okay. Good to know. Thanks Wiki. I feel much better now. 8-O

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