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March 17, 2004

The Itsy-Bitsy Spider

The boys spotted a spider climbing the kitchen wall today. I rightly told them that we ought to be glad we have spiders because they eat harmful insects. Then I saw its hairy long legs and an ugly red mark and got scared. I squished it.

I googled to see if I could find a photo listing of spiders in Ukraine, especially to see whether there are poisonous ones in our area. We've had brown recluses and black widows for neighbors other places we've lived, and I know what to look for before deciding whether to kill them.

I found this arachnology site, and one on the spiders of northwest Europe. All the sites specific to Russia or Ukraine wouldn't open for me tonight.

I wonder what Sciolist could tell us?


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I'm lucky... we don't have nasty spiders in the north of England but better safe than sorry. You don't want to find out it's nasty after it's bitten someone.

Posted by: Havdala at March 17, 2004 10:05 PM

Hi, Havdala!

I've visited your blog before and seen you commenting elsewhere, but was surprised to see you on my blog! I'm sometimes amazed at what a small world it really is--both in real life and online.

I didn't find the info I wanted online, but I asked a couple of friends at Bible study. They reassured me that there are no really poisonous spiders here. I still think it's better that I squished it.

Posted by: TulipGirl at March 20, 2004 01:46 AM

IMHO, the only good spider is a squished one!

Posted by: Eric at March 20, 2004 04:10 AM

Eric, would you agree that goes doubly for fireants? *wink*

Posted by: TulipGirl at March 20, 2004 06:15 AM

Hairy long legs and a red mark -- nothing like I've seen in my neck of the woods. Sounds interesting though!
Like you said, here brown recluses and black widows are our only dangerous spiders but I'm not sure what dangerous species there are in Russia and Ukraine -- hopefully you won't learn by experience!

Posted by: Sciolist at March 27, 2004 03:35 AM

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