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Other surprisingly horrible looking things that can be found in the UK please
Mum (aka 'yer ma') jokes never get old for me
really bad fear of spiders.
My cats are doing a great job of hunting them down for me. I freak out a bit when they are launching half alive ones around the room.
They are MASSIVE in my house this year.. proper proper big!
Last year when we had the 'indian summer' and was really hot in October, there was a moth that must have got lost on the way to Africa and accidently found itself in East London, in my room. It was the size of a fucking bat, maybe 10 inches across and took me one whole petrified hour to shoo away.
Global warming means that we get a lot more exotic creatures we've never had here before, I think a scorpion was spotted quite recently too.
Safe to say some harrowing accounts from people who work there of what gets shipped over. They used to all die in the winter but now with global warming..........
Assume that's like big ass spiders that hide in bunches of bananas?
my son's creepy-crawlie obsession. The most common passenger in bananas is the Brazilian Wandering Spider: it hides in bunches of bananans and gets picked, packed and shipped to the UK. Problem is that it's a bit of a vicious bastard and also speedy so people get bitten. In theory, it's bite can kill but the normal result is pain and necrosis (the flesh dying) around the bite. Not nice
And not in a good way. Hunter spiders are fucked up.
like in worms
*During the breeding season for
Atypus affinis the male leaves his
own burrow and goes in search of
females. When he finds the burrow
of a female he tentatively taps on
the wall of the purse web and if the
female is receptive he ventures into
the confines of the burrow. The two
spiders mate and they will cohabit
until the male dies at which point
the female eats him. *
well, up to the bit where the female pretends not to be in.
she goes to town and runs up a huge credit card bill
It has a horrible fucking white stripe down it's abdomen and when I tried to sweep it out the door, instead of running away from the broom it lifted its front legs up at it in an attacking stance.
Never mashed an insect's brain with my foot so voraciously in my life.
Heed my expert advice - I saw a reconstruction on one of those nature shows where a badass spider shot up the broom and bit the fella and then he died
we are stuck with them
Sheerness in Kent has quite a few: http://www.bbc.co.uk/kent/content/articles/2009/07/09/scorpion_sheerness_video_feature.shtml
Deep instinctual response from way down in the brain, where things like the instinct to pull your hand away from a naked flame live.
I'm rationally aware that they're mostly harmless, but I still have to make an effort to stay calm & control my breathing when we get a huge huntsman in the house and it needs to be relocated outside. We've got lots of big bushy trees around the place, very spidery, and every time it rains for a few days, the fucking spiders come into the house.
I don't act stupid when I see one, but it's there at the back of my mind...What I don't understand is why it is a primal reaction in the first place? Fear of spiders seems disproportionately common in humans, when related to how unthreatening they actually are. Anyone shed any light on this?
Don't like cockroaches or centipedes much either.
But I can also appreciate how awesome spiders are. A huntsman is the fastest thing in the known universe, try to slam a bowl down over one and watch it teleport 8 inches sideways at beyond-light-speed.
I used to work with a girl who was properly arachnophobic. This was in a medical library, where in one of the bays of shelves they had all the books on toxicology. One of the toxicology books had a huge colour photo on the front of a spider jacked up & ready to strike, with its fangs dripping venom. She'd seen that book, and was absolutely unable to enter the bay where it lived. Just thinking about it would make her go visibly pale & sweaty.
Spiders don't really bother me normally, but to be fair if I saw some hench badman spider like some of those above I'd probably evacuate my bowels.
It may have been a false alarm, it's actually quite cute