Not For The Squeamish  

MissAnnThrope 56F
11679 posts
2/9/2006 11:57 am

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Not For The Squeamish

Today, I was chatting with a friend and we got on the subject of creepy crawlies. Spiders came up. It reminded me of an incident from when I was in my late teens and I'm dying to know if anyone else has experienced this particular type of spider.

One morning during summer vacation, my mother, who was not afraid of anything she could step on and kill woke us up. She was freaked out, talking about how she was just out cleaning the pool and a very large spider was stalking her. She said she walked around it a few times and it turned to always keep its eight green eyes on her. That it was very large. Well, my sister and I asked her what she was smoking. Finally, we got dressed and went out and looked.

Sure enough. A huge black spider, at least three inches in body alone. Bright green eyes. And it stalked. It followed us, skittering after us. It kept its eyes on us all the while. My mother finally took the pool skimmer and smashed it. We thought it was the end. It wasn't.

Every day or so, there would be another just like it out there. In varying degrees of size. The one day, while our neighbor's daughter was in the pool, one jumped in and scurried after her. Hopped on the water, chasing her from one end to the other. Needless to say, she didn't come over to swim for the rest of the year.

After about two weeks, we seemed to have gotten them all. No one who didn't witness them would believe any of us, though. We were told by many it's impossible for a spider to stalk from ten feet away, as the best eyesight ever recorded in a spider was three inches. We were treated like we were crazy. Flash forward about three years.

We hadn't seen one in years, except much smaller ones of the same type. I mean, under an inch. Normal sized spiders. But they were just as creepy and they still stalked. Then one of my sister's friends was over. She was talking about this spider in her bathroom the week before and how no one would believe her. How it was on the ceiling and stalked her. How it stayed over her head the entire time and she was afraid it was going to fall on her. How it kept avoiding any attempts to kill it. My sister and I asked her, in perfect unison, "was it black with bright green eyes?" Sure enough, it was one of them. That got us all paranoid all over again, it meant they were still in town. But then we stopped seeing them.

I forgot about them after not seeing them for a few years. Then, in the early 90s, I was selling some stuff at a flea market on Sundays. The one Sunday, there was this chatty teenage girl at the next table. She was from the southern part of the county. My old county was a large one, so she was from about 25 miles south.

She started telling me how this spider disrupted her slumber party the weekend before. How her father kept trying to kill it by dropping a book on it. It kept jumping out of the way of the book. He had a group of hysterical 13 year olds on his hands, until he managed to kill it.

Now, I have never been able to find an image of this spider. The closest is the image I'm using, of a genus called the Bold Jumping Spider. However, they don't have green eyes, nor did they have the orange markings like the spider in the pic and they were a hell of a lot bigger than a half inch.

Now, my question is, have any of you had an encounter with this particular type of spider? If so, when? I swear to you, they were some escaped lab experiment.


rm_emerald6912 48M
545 posts
2/9/2006 12:17 pm

Afraid not, not many 'big' spiders in this place. And I am quite thankful for that.


highlander179 44M

2/9/2006 12:19 pm

you wuss, I can't believe a hard-ass like yourself is a afraid of a wee little spider. LOL


slidein2meplz 61F
1994 posts
2/9/2006 12:44 pm

egads...that does sound scary. I'm interested in knowing now myself. Did you try calling a pest control place or maybe the University nearest you to see.
Maybe call a bug specialist...scientist? That's a strange one....can't wait to hear if anyone else know's what your describing. But I'm afraid I can't be of any help in solving the mystery.

~~~ Just me, poppin to say HI! ~~


im_your_man77 39M
961 posts
2/9/2006 12:54 pm

LOL trust this to be the first blog that I read after just returning home from doing my now 26 year old duty of getting rid of the spider that was chasing my mother around the house. I can't say that I have seen the spider that you are talking about but the spiders we get in the UK tend to be nothing to write home about. As for the eyesight I doubt it would be good enough to see anyone unless they were close by, however spiders are able to pick up vibrations and that would be how it would be able to stalk you. Maybe next time noone should move lol.


rm_1hotwahine 62F
21091 posts
2/9/2006 1:25 pm

Was Tim Burton filming nearby?

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]


popmuse01 35F

2/9/2006 2:38 pm

I can't say I've come in contact with that particular type of spider...wait...have you tried searching for a type of spider called the Mexican Jumping Spider?

If not, I suggest it. We have them something fierce around here thanks to my neighbors bringing a bunch of stuff from Mexico back and putting it in their shed...those things multiply extremely fast, and are hard to kill since they jump, though thankfully they seem to either hibernate during the winter, or die off...either way I can't leave a car window down in the summer b/c of those damn things.

I have a fear of spiders...it's gone away from the worse arachniphobia (I would scream bloody murder if I saw one when I was younger), and now I can actually manage to kill the buggers.

Though I would be careful of Daddy Longlegs spiders...they DO bite. I've been bitten several times from them. The worse is the female, they leave behind a bit of poison or something, which turns the bite area into a pus filled area...and the pus doesn't come out once...no....it takes several times to get that crap out!

However, I also say, invest in a good mousing cat...they will eat spiders! lol

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DIVISION77 39M  
8321 posts
2/9/2006 10:53 pm

I think MissAnnThrope is telling stories.....

No, I'm not afraid of spiders.

Here in Phoenix we have more problems with scorpions. They glow in the dark and are translucent.

DIV

"My every move is a calculated step, to bring me closer to embrace an early death." -Tupac Shakur


womanoirish 53F

2/10/2006 12:14 am

Yikes...sounds like something out of that film Arachniphobia!

I've never seen or heard of a spider looking and acting like that, thankfully.


elysianpleasure 47M

2/10/2006 8:01 am

pretty creepy... I have never heard of such as thing. If you get a picture you might be the first to document it and you could name it after yourself.


slidein2meplz 61F
1994 posts
2/10/2006 9:28 am

Miss Ann.... I was curious after reading your post and did some searching on the Internet... that spider sounds as if it might be from the "recluse" family...they have 6 eyes...and they hunt their prey....instead of spinning a web to catch their next meal. So that would be in alignment with the "stalking" characteristic.

If you should ever see one again, maybe you can catch it, throw into the freezer...and then after it's good and dead...take it somewhere and see if you can find out what kind it is.

~~~ Just me, poppin to say HI! ~~


nightstalker172 36M
1258 posts
2/10/2006 2:06 pm

thats interesting...I cant say I ever had the experience because I either catch them and move them away or crush them one of the two...but its true most spiders even the hunting kind are almost completely blind what people dont realize is they dont need to see to track their prey. They hunt by vibrations this is why most hunting type spiders are covered in hair where as ones that spin webs typically are not or at least not as much thats noticable...but reguardless a spider bite is pretty harmless with the exceptions of a few species like the black widow or the funnel spider. Or that brown recloose (I have no idea how to spell it) that we have EVERYWHERE around here...I kill them on sight. but anyway....why this particular spider seems to be hunting you I cant say that I ever had that happen but then most spiders I either catch and put somewhere else or well...they dont live very long. Im a racist when it comes to spiders...The Brown Reclose has a habit of crawling in ones bed and biting them in the night and although its pretty hamrless to an adult there was a case where a 2 year old got bit and almost died from it but apparently it has evolved over the past 20 years and now has more potent venom. My nephew was bit by one too and he had a lump on his neck for 3 years before it finaly went away. The doctor said it was a pocket of venom that his body was trying to get rid of and it took 3 years for it to go away completely. And me well Ive been bit and stung by pretty much everything around here and you know what I hate getting bit by the most....mosquitos I hate those little fuckers...they drive me crazy...Hell when I was a kid like 5 or 6 I managed to get stung by a dead bee ...but thats because I was curious ...that was my first bee sting..but not my last ..but I liked spiders...mostly because my sister and mother where deathly affaid of them. and of course me being a boy who loves to torment his sister how could I resist makeing her scream in terror....sigh..its the simple things in life you treasure


MissAnnThrope 56F
11488 posts
2/10/2006 2:48 pm

emerald, I'm headed there!

highlander, wee little spider? These things were huge. And considering this was mere miles from the town on your profile, bite me. And yes, I am scared of spiders. Especially BIG spiders.

slidein, we didn't think of any of that. We were freaked out by them and just wanted to get rid of them, not wait for Princeton or Rutgers to show up while the things bred.

Divinity, there were always really weird spiders out there, that we couldn't find in any book. But these were the only freakish ones.

im your man, I don't know about that. I've seen some weird spiders in the UK. But they tended to stay in their webs. Jumping spiders don't build webs. BTW, you are hired for spider killing duties.

wahine, lmao! No, he didn't even have a career back in the 70s and early 80s. I think he was but a mere child in his bedroom back then.

Dysgyzed, there were all sorts of anomolous creepy crawlies in Western NJ growing up, including the copperheads that the people from Princeton brought down from Cushetunk Mountain. Copperheads five feet long. Needless to say, the developer who wanted to put houses on that side of the mountain never did. But yes, weird things happen in the boonies. I don't know if they were alien, but I do think they escaped from a lab.

popmuse, when I was a kid, I screamed bloody murder too. It was something my mother did to us. She freaked out we would play with zebra spiders on the storm porch. So, she put the fear of spiders into us. All black spiders were potential black widows, no matter what their shape. All brown spiders, including wolf spiders, were potential brown recluse spiders. So, we saw a spider and we freaked.

I've never heard of Mexican Jumping Spiders. I tried to look them up, that doesn't seem to be their technical name. Do they have green eyes? And as far as daddy long legs, do you mean the spider by that name, or Harvestmen, who are true arachnids? (I tend to learn all I can about what scares me. It never cures me, it just makes it worse.)

Division, I swear to you, I didn't make this up. The idea of scorpions doesn't thrill me either. Unless it's to nail it to someone's door as they sleep. But I've said too much.

woman, I didn't believe my mother until I saw it. And after the damned thing chased the neighbor's daughter across the pool, I didn't swim until September, when it was still warm enough, but the spider population died down. At least those at any rate. Northeastern autumn spiders tend to be different from the high summer spiders.

elysian, I wish we had thought of getting pictures of them. We never did. I no longer live in that area. But I never heard a report of another after that last report.

nightstalker, the brown recluse can cause troubles for adults too. They're spreading through the country too. About 20 years ago or so, I read an article in the Mother Earth News written by this woman who was bitten by one in New England. No one had the anti-venom, they didn't want to believe that's what had bitten her, but they flew in the anti-venom from somewhere. In spite of that, she had a good bit of necrosis of the tissue and muscle at the bite site. Because they like to hide in clothing and luggage and such, people are spreading them to the rest of the country. All you have to do is take home a pregnant female and you have an epidemic. I hear those things are nasty. But what they're really having a problem with in NYC at the moment are bedbugs. International tourists have been bringing them in from unsavory countries. The Hotel Pennsylvania is being sued by Scandinavian tourists who were bitten to the point of permanent scarring. So of course, they have to tell us, as they hide in clothing, you can get them from other people on the subway. Real fun.


Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
2/10/2006 8:26 pm

missann, it is not spiders that scare me but snakes absolutely terrify me: in fact I just posted about that very thing.

However, this spider you ran into is nothing that I have ran into on the west coast. I have mainly dealt with run of the mill Black Widows and a Brown Recluse that visited the side of my neck. When you find out what kind of spider it was, post a picture for us and some more information. It might be the kind of beastie to change my mind about spiders.


MissAnnThrope 56F
11488 posts
2/11/2006 3:20 am

honni, wow. I thought they were an anomoly of NJ. I'm glad to know I'm not totally insane and there's verification from somewhere else in the country. (See Division! I didn't make it up!)

Fallic, I've been trying to find out what kind of spiders they were for years, to no avail. Just like the bright blue spiders we used to see. Now, as far as your snake fear... (excuse me as I slip into Freudian mode.) Would that be penis envy, or a bit of homophobia? *ducks and runs*


DIVISION77 39M  
8321 posts
2/11/2006 8:08 am

MissAnnThrope,

Something tells me the gore of seeing necrosis resulting from a Brown Recluse bite doesn't faze you. Just a hunch.

Tourists suing a hotel over a case of the "bedbugs"?

That sounds more like a plot for a comedy, than anything out of reality.

I still say you're a goth chick in regression therapy.

DIV

"My every move is a calculated step, to bring me closer to embrace an early death." -Tupac Shakur


mm0206 68F
7767 posts
2/12/2006 8:36 pm

We have those in Texas, but never have seen one that was as big as the one you saw and yes they do follow your movements around, so maybe they are set into awareness by vibrations... sounds.
Not many people are into spiders like some are into snakes.

I hate spiders too!

Stay safe!

...m.


hooks1952 64M

2/13/2006 2:24 pm

Yeh , I think that I saw one of those down south here years ago , damn I can't think of what I was smoking or popping that day but anyway yes they are terrible critters that go walking in the night, if you kin ketch one be sure and turn it in to authorities , just make sure that you are sober before you drive down. Interesting.

hooks


PrincessKarma 43F
6188 posts
2/13/2006 7:46 pm

Was it the one that bit Peter Parker?

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma


MissAnnThrope 56F
11488 posts
2/14/2006 12:57 pm

Division, it would depend on the extent of the necrosis. There is a reason I'm not in a medical profession. And I'm an aging punk, dear. I'm just perceived as goth.

hooks, this was a good 25 years ago or so, with the final sighting around 1990. So, unless they move east, I doubt I'm going to see one. But the pool sightings were during the day. The damned things ruined August for all of us.

Karma, I don't know and I wan't about to let one bite me to find out.


DIVISION77 39M  
8321 posts
2/18/2006 11:52 pm

An aging punk?

So......Do you think Joy Division should be classified as punk, post-punk rock or goth?

I consider Siouxsie and the Banshees in the category....although most people see them as goth.

To me JD was probably the last punk band from that era.....

DIV

"My every move is a calculated step, to bring me closer to embrace an early death." -Tupac Shakur


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