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  1. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Do ya think?
    10 Oct '10 20:23
    Discuss.
  2. 10 Oct '10 23:24
    I have read that they have a very strong venom, that in a larger spider would have the potential of being fatal if bitten. Of course they are unable to "bite" us with such small mouth parts. I have not verified this.
  3. 10 Oct '10 23:30
    My initial search on Pholcus phalangioides is that yes, there are numerous reports of the "deadly venom", but this link http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_weavers/Pholcidae.htm
    is emphatic that is not true. It appears also as an informed entomological site,(but then some others did too)?
  4. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Do ya think?
    10 Oct '10 23:32 / 1 edit
    It's false. That rumor came about because they eat other venemous spiders and things. They fight with webs more than poison. Those long legs leg them hold the other critter at a distance while they wrap him up.

    WARNING SOME "BAD" WORDS

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0JE-SElEb8
  5. 11 Oct '10 00:46
    Bad words is ok, inane commentary is a bit painful though! Muted is best.

    Interesting video, its uncommon to see that I expect, unless you go hunting. for it.
    I was unaware they took on much bigger spiders, (but with shorter legs)!
    What else do you find amazing about them?
  6. Standard member Agerg
    The 'edit'or
    11 Oct '10 00:51
    Sorry for the derail but I just wanted to say that watching a spider spin it's web is a frickin amazing sight

    Why people try to kill the little things is beyond me
  7. 11 Oct '10 01:36
    Originally posted by Agerg
    Sorry for the derail but I just wanted to say that watching a spider spin it's web is a frickin amazing sight

    Why people try to kill the little things is beyond me
    If they are poisonous and around the home I will klll them. But otherwise I will not, even if they are big, black and hairy ones, like some of our local Huntsmans. Australia has some quite poisonous spiders, Redback, Funnelweb species but you don't see them often. Whitetails (Wolfspider species) apparently can cause necrosis from a bite, but there are differing opinions about that too.

    Yes, watching a web being spun is fascinating. But not when you walk into one in the dark! One hopes it was a daddylonglegs.
    I think of the spider-webbed attic or room of scary movies. Sets the scene.
  8. Standard member joneschr
    Some guy
    11 Oct '10 15:55
    Snopes has its thoughts on the big daddy.

    http://www.snopes.com/critters/wild/longlegs.asp
  9. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Do ya think?
    11 Oct '10 16:14
    Originally posted by Taoman
    Bad words is ok, inane commentary is a bit painful though! Muted is best.

    Interesting video, its uncommon to see that I expect, unless you go hunting. for it.
    I was unaware they took on much bigger spiders, (but with shorter legs)!
    What else do you find amazing about them?
    They're like our little guardians! They eat all the bad guys and don't bother us (except by giving us the jibblies with their scary legs).
  10. 12 Oct '10 02:15
    Originally posted by Taoman
    My initial search on Pholcus phalangioides is that yes, there are numerous reports of the "deadly venom", but this link http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_weavers/Pholcidae.htm
    is emphatic that is not true. It appears also as an informed entomological site,(but then some others did too)?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cellar_spider#Venom

    An urban legend states that Pholcidae are the most venomous spiders in the world, but because their fangs are unable to penetrate human skin, they are harmless to humans. However, recent research has shown that pholcid venom has a relatively weak effect on insects.[3] In the MythBusters episode "Daddy Long-Legs" it was shown that the spider's fangs (0.25mm) could penetrate human skin (0.1mm) but that only a very mild burning feeling was felt for a few seconds.[4]
  11. 12 Oct '10 02:16
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    Discuss.
    Cellar Spiders or Harvestmen?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daddy_longlegs
  12. 12 Oct '10 09:52
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    Discuss.
    On topic of spiders stories (not DadLL) We were all having a barby on our deck when a large highly colourful (Orb Weaver) dangled right down in the middle of everyone sitting around eating. Eeeks !! Scatter !!
    He was busy getting his web ready for his evening meal!
  13. Standard member avalanchethecat
    Not actually a cat
    12 Oct '10 18:34
    Ever seen Ricky Gervais' skit on the crane fly (which us brits call daddy long legs)?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSZdHdfF4G4

    (caution - some profanity)
  14. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Do ya think?
    12 Oct '10 18:46
    OMG Avalanche and Zeeb did you not notice the big SPIDER in the title?!
  15. Standard member avalanchethecat
    Not actually a cat
    12 Oct '10 18:57
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    OMG Avalanche and Zeeb did you not notice the big SPIDER in the title?!
    OMG ATY! Yes.