Thursday, September 17, 2009

Kill Anything That Crawls

This fellow is at least 3-4 inches in length.

Few days ago, I decided I should spray the closet with some insecticide. As soon as I opened the door, I saw a weird black thingy sitting on top of my tripod. I thought it was some sort of loose thread. At first I wanted to pick it up but I stopped there. I went to get my torch light. Yikes! It was a big black spider. It was about 2 cm (and yes, 2 cm is big for me. The colour black is also intimidating). Luckily I did not reach for it with my fingers!

You have probably read that I was stung by a bee sometime ago. Well, I got bitten but didn't know what 'cos I was asleep. I felt extremely unwell so I was hospitalised for 1 night. I was 16 or 17 then. I suspected a centipede as there were 4 puncture wounds on my upper arm, the doctor said it could be a spider but he wasn't entirely sure.

Do you know that Australia has many venomous spiders? The "red-back" is one of them, fancy name and looks pretty too - with 1 red stripe and 1 red dot on its abdomen - its bite can be fatal. If you're a visitor/tourist, you would probably be advised to leave them alone.

I would just hit them with my slippers first, whether they are big or small, poisonous or not, that can be decided after they are dead.

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HappySurfer said...

Yeah, spiders are eeky - and fast too. Good thing you stopped in time. That's a pretty picture though.

James said...

Creepy! I have said more than once that Australia would be a great place to live if except for all those deadly creatures. Jellyfish,snakes,spiders etc. :-O I know they are everywhere but for some reason the ones down under seem scarier. Like funnel-web spiders. Yikes!

Ai Shiang said...

absolutely right. I was thinking too, if I didn't stop in time and still reach for it. I would probably need to go to the hospital. That was a close one!

funnel-web spiders are deadly and aggressive. I don't wish to see them in my place! Unfortunately, they will be wondering when the weather is hot and humid. I think the Amazon also has many creepy creatures.

manglish said...

ewwww nasty!!! not the spider..YOU! hahaha....just kidding....i will do the same too :)

Tekkaus said...

Is Black Widow from Australia too?'d better be careful right? Somtimes it is better safe than sorry! Kill them all. ;p

Ai Shiang said...

Haha! Self-defence.

I read that Black Widow is similar to RedBack spider. Yes, Black Widow can be found in Australia. Its bites can be fatal — usually to small children, and elderly. Fortunately, fatalities are fairly rare; the spiders are nonaggressive and bite only in self-defense, such as when someone accidentally sits on them.

Superman said...

I guess my wife will shout very loud if she saw one of this big spider! I will also do the same to hit it first when I saw one. Wow, that was serious to get hospitalize for the bite last time. That is why I hate insects.

Willie said...

I hate spiders. I will definitely crush them if i found one.

fufu said... spider~~~ >.< well i used to catch the spiders hiding at my grandma's bonsai :)

but your case is different... better be careful of those poisonous ones ya... should regularly spray =p take care

Ayie said...

hi ai, funny that i have one spider shot almost same angle as this just a week ago, what a coincidence.

I saw in animal planet those dangerous and venomous bites series. Australia was noted with the spiders and that man almost lost his life coz he accidentally stepped on that spider which was crawling around his living room. Considering he had shoes on and all he still got fatally ill.

Paul said...

You usually only find insects like 6 months of the year here... the other 6 months they are gone somewhere... unknown... haha

Paul said...

I look at the info of your photo... you have the Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM is it? So nice... Canon has so many lens choices... Nikon so slow... old lenses are still around for most of the range and they are expensive... most are f/2.8 only :(

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful shot !! Ai shiang you take wonderful photos !! Great..Unseen Rajasthan

Ai Shiang said...

Insects in aussie some are quite poisonous and some are not, but those that are not always have painful bites.

That's what I would do too.

Haha! Thank you for reminding me :)

You have a pic of a spider too? Was it big and alive? The one in the pic is taken in the Botanical garden, quite big I wouldn't dare to stand too close.

Oh! You can see the details of my pic? I thought the shooting information are all gone by the time I load them in here. For this pic, yes I was using 135mm. If the lens starts from f2.8 then you would most probably have to set it to f3.5 to shoot. It depends on what you like to shoot though, if landscape starting from f3.5 is still okay.

Unseen Rajasthan,
Thank you for your kind comment.

Ayie said...

it's alive but not that big but it's like mustard bownish in color and quite hairy...i was scared too! haha!

Anonymous said...

simply beautifully captured shot....lovely background colours!

Shingo T said...

2cm is long for a spider. Rarely see such spiders in Singapore.

Shingo T said...

And ya, death to the spiders. =p

Horsoon said...

I hate spiders too, but this is a beautiful shot ;)

Bengbeng said...

Benghui my kid found it hard to sleep last night. he was about to sleep when he heard n saw a cicada flying off from under his blanket. how it got there is anybody's guess. it flew off to the ceiling settled on the lights n refused to budge. he was terrified.

Michelle said...

I think I'm as equally prejudiced as you are against spiders. Can understand how you probably feel about them, seeing that you were hospitalised for a bug bite.

Ai Shiang said...

Thanks very much!

Shingo T,
I guess there isn't enough space for spiders in Singapore huh? Haha! Too crowded maybe?

Thanks very much.

Cicada is very noisy, it's harmless right?

There are many poisonous spiders in Aussie compare to Msia. Better be careful. I know spiders do good the the environment like catching insects. I don't take chances when I see them around in my place. Like funnel-web's bite is deadly within 15 mins if not treated with anti-venom.

Tes said...

Oh wow, that's a good capture! Clear and vibrant! Amazing!

foongpc said...

I dislike spiders but I hate cockroaches! Will kill if I see one!