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29 June 2007 @ 08:42 pm
just call me mary jane  
it was a weird morning for me.

i'd gone to bed late last night, working as usual. at about 9am, my nose was super ticklish, so i sat up to blow it. then i took a sip of water from the cup that is always by my bed. as i was sipping, my blurry line of sight noticed something dangling in the air...

on went my specs and i stared in amazement at mr spidey, sitting in his web - a web that spanned across my queen-sized bed. it was a very large web. spun in a matter of hours. it stretched from the edge of my bed on the left, to the top of my shelf on the right. where spidey was sitting, was the middle of the web, which was eye level with me as i was sitting upright.

i was flabberghasted. i sat there and stared for about 5 minutes. a zillion things ran through my mind at this point in fast-rewind, back to the days when i got back from melbourne in april. those few days when i was unpacking the boxes that i'd shipped back from melbourne, i'd spotted two spidey babies. they might have traveled here in my boxes. little tiny dots they were. little round dots with tiny legs. very cute. they ran across my desk. i caught one and put him outside my window. the other one got away.

is this the one that got away?

he must have lived in my room for two months.

why is the web spun as if it is meant for me? this is the spot where i get on and off the bed. if i hadn't stopped for a sip of water, i would have gone headlong into the web while getting off the bed. spidey would have had a go at my face.

has he watched me for two months?

spidey fidgeted a little now and then, but mostly stayed in the same spot. i started to look around for options.

it must have been fate that i've had this empty glass flask by my bed for the longest time. with a glass cap. perfect. i grabbed a tissue to hold over the mouth of the spout.

spidey got a little nervous when i moved about on my bed. i toned down all my actions, and approached him very, very slowly and carefully. ultimate stealth. the prey sneaking up on the hunter.

got him.

he has grown 12 times the size of that little dot in 2 months.

i'd thought of releasing him in the park near my home. after some further thought, i googled and found the bio-science dept. rang them.

reached a certain professor, dr li. professor of spiders. :)

he said, never, never release him into the wild. a foreign spidey can do a lot of harm to local ecosystem.

when i told him there was another baby that i put outside my window two months ago, he freaked out. haha. :p i assured him that spidey doesn't look like a redback.

he requested for me to send spidey to his lab. i will try to squeeze some time out to do that on monday. meanwhile, he is my object of fascination on my desk. i will try to feed him a live ant over the weekend.

not only was his web hugeass, the threads were very thick. i doubt it would be the work of a local spidey. in fact, if he is really that same baby spidey, he sure has grown heck of a lot in two months!

i wonder if he'd wanted to catch me, the biggest prey ever. haha! what a big meal. can last for a year!

will his brother come back and avenge him?

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senprojectsen on June 29th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
oh schpidey was totally going to eat yoU!

JV: japogothdrag0nette on June 29th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
i'm so brimming with excitement - i just gave spidey a prey in his jar!

actually i gave him two. the first one (failure) was an ant who is still walking round and round in the jar. spidey made one swipe at him but gave up after that. he sat there in a mini-web, while antsy kept on walking.

so i decided a flying prey was required.

just when i decided, a small flying ant landed on my work paper. haha! in he went.

caught, he was.

spidey was a sudden flurry of action!

now he is all spun up in spidey's web. spidey is preparing to feast.

i'm very sorry for the prey and its suffering, but i have to keep spidey alive till monday...
.that girl.: short machgirlwhowaits on June 29th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
Eeek spidey. Not a big fan can you tell ;).

That little spider looks quite interesting though.
JV: owldrag0nette on June 29th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
yeh, if i'm in aus, i won't be cooing over how cute spideys are. ;)
.that girl.: squishy toastgirlwhowaits on June 30th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
ew huntsmans ;)

kyle cassidykylecassidy on June 29th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
"invasive cane toads were first introduced to singapore in 2007 when ..."
JV: huhdrag0nette on June 29th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
invasive cane toads!!! :o

they'll destroy singapore if they land here!

i think i didn't bring any back. :p
seth_saraseth_sara on June 29th, 2007 03:17 pm (UTC)
aiyo! that is so aussie!! finding an overnight spiderweb! and i think u r the oni person ever who will call up the bio-science dept! i would have simply flushed him down the sink! =p my bad!
JV: speckydrag0nette on June 29th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
hehehehe. that's what most of my friends said, along with "how the hell did you find the bio-science dept?"

i'm weird like that. :)

i also don't like to kill spideys. someone told me it's bad luck. and besides, the little ones are so cute! i like to have them on my finger. i think they know when a finger is 'kind'. ok, maybe that's what i like to think. :)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on June 29th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
YUCKS! are you freaked by it?? poor babe.
JVdrag0nette on June 29th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
i'm fascinated. :)

abit worried about the other one out on the loose, but otherwise am very very happy watching spidey.

read the comment above for an update! :D
sticker mansilver_crv on June 29th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
probably...?? :P
JVdrag0nette on June 29th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
yeh, i've always believed that spideys are intelligent. :p

i'v just fed him! check my first comment reply. :D
Brainclawbrainclaw on June 29th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
Cool spidey!
Check out this site...

You can send them photos and they will tell you what you've got:


JV: japogothdrag0nette on June 29th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Cool spidey!
OMG awesome site! :D

thanks david and tara! i will send them a pic of spidey!

ps. i fed him! check out my first comment reply. :)
JV: japogothdrag0nette on June 29th, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Cool spidey!
ps. cool icon! ;)
The Citygent: younggreygentcitygent on July 1st, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
eat him up, yum yum :o)
JV: huhdrag0nette on July 1st, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
eat him up?!

The Citygent: younggreygentcitygent on July 2nd, 2007 11:38 am (UTC)
only kidding - I only eat flies :op and, and, and wiggly worms
JV: huhdrag0nette on July 2nd, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)

i've only ever eaten an ant. :)
The Citygentcitygent on July 2nd, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
heh - I don't really eat bugs

I saw a documentary about the countryside life and this farmer dude kept picking up ants and eating them, saying they were really tasty, like berries...
JV: eatdrag0nette on July 2nd, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)

i ate an ant when i was a kid because i wondered what it tasted like. :p
hianhwee, tracy LIMhianhwee on July 5th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.....don't come near me i am scared of spider.
JVdrag0nette on July 5th, 2007 06:53 am (UTC)
i used to be, but i'm not anymore. :)