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05 August 2007 @ 12:28 am
under attack!  
i've been quite careful with keeping ants out of the spideykids' jars, after jeremy told me the story of how he'd watched a tiny ant spray venom at a considerably larger spider, and it fell over and died. :o yes, ants can be venomous. they may not be venomous enough to hurt humans, but it's a different story when you scale things down to arthropod size.

so, i've been quite careful with keeping ants out of the spideykids' jars.

today, i cleaned out munster's boyfriend's jar (i still haven't named him), and bobby's jar. the boys were sleeping and so it was easy. munster was taking a walk around her jar and i decided to clean hers later on when she takes a nap. her jar was quite dirty because i've been giving her the most food (because she's preggers, and also because she's the princess).

i didn't get to clean her jar because she was very active all arvo. she kept walking round and round, and peering at me with her furry little face. then i got ready for vernon's wedding and left in the evening.

for some reason unknown to myself, i decided not to join them for after-dinner drinks and came straight home. thank god i did, because i found swarms of ants in munster's jar, going after the shells of insects she'd left behind. munster had encased herself in a silk cocoon, separate from her hammock. this cocoon is so dense that the ants could not penetrate it. i wonder how quickly she'd spun that! it sure wasn't there when i last saw her. wish i was around to see it being spun. but then, if i was around, she probably wouldn't have been in great enough danger to spin it that quickly. she'd probably spin it when she's ready to lay babyspideyeggs. maybe that's actually gonna happen soon too!

within a minute, i'd swiped the army of ants out of her jar. at first i was afraid that she was dead, because she sat very, very still in the cocoon. when i started going at the ants, she poked her head out to see what was going on. as i cleaned out the dead meals and the offensive ants, she crawled out of her new cocoon because her world was rolling around. now she's running around a squeaky clean jar, checking out the shiny walls and stuff. she is a little jumpy but she doesn't look like she's been harmed. :)
feelin': intimidatedalarmed
icklemonsterickleoriental on August 4th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)

ok i'm officially afraid of your blog.
JV: urrmdrag0nette on August 5th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)

i guess you don't like spiders much. :)
icklemonsterickleoriental on August 5th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
not as pets no!
.that girl.: cheekygirlwhowaits on August 5th, 2007 02:11 am (UTC)
Any ideas on what you'll be doing with the bubs?

Should have seen me yesterday when I saw a massive cobweb in our backyard yesterday ;) Let's just say Manny had to make a trip to Bunnings ;)
JV: owldrag0nette on August 5th, 2007 08:33 am (UTC)
i'll be watching the cute dots till they grow big enough to be edible to their mommy. then they're going to the spiderlab orphanage. hee!

bunnings? why?
.that girl.: going kookygirlwhowaits on August 5th, 2007 08:43 am (UTC)
for spider home removal accessories ;)

this winter saw an explosion of bugs in our backyard >_
JV: owldrag0nette on August 5th, 2007 08:35 am (UTC)
oh, i almost forgot. a few of the bubbies are going to one girlfriend who wants to start keeping them too. :) spreading the spider love.
kyle cassidykylecassidy on August 5th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
you are like the god of the arachnids. she goes into her coccoon and prays "great god of the spider people, smite these ants!" and lo and behold, they're smit!!

you're a spiderheroine!!!
JV: summerdrag0nette on August 5th, 2007 08:32 am (UTC)
hahahaha... that's exactly what my girlfriend and i were laughing about over the phone last night!

The Citygentcitygent on August 6th, 2007 11:36 am (UTC)
eek - ant vs spider not a good one, then :o(
JVdrag0nette on August 6th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
very not good. :p