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Daily Archives: July 18th, 2011

Disclaimer: This will probably be the last spider post for awhile.  I thought I’d just get them all out now.

This is the third post in which spiders appear.  You might think that I really like spiders, that maybe I’m an arachnophiliac.  I’m not.  And actually, I grew up being quite frightened of spiders.  Not a full on phobia, I mean, I could kill a spider if I had to and I wouldn’t run away from them.  But I remember more than one time when I had to mark pages in my science books in elementary school and jr. high so as not to turn to them because there were large pictures of spiders on those pages.  I’m not really sure what happened between then and now.   But before when I felt fear when seeing spiders, I’m merely curious.  I like to read about spiders now.  Sometimes I’ll catch one and frighten my coworkers with it.  I’m still not a big fan of killing them though.  I’ve never really liked the crunch of the exoskeleton between my fingers (same applies to large, meaty flies).  It doesn’t bother me nearly as much as before, though.

So anyway, I’m not an arachnophiliac, despite what you or my coworkers may think.  But my sense of curiosity, which is quite strong, now also extends to spiders.  So guess how I reacted when I learned that there is a SPIDER THAT KNOWS HOW TO SWIM!  Not just that it accidentally falls into some water and can paddle itself to some dry ground, but it actually DIVES!  In fact, it spends it’s whole life in water!  Have you ever heard of such a thing?  Well, now you have!  It is the diving bell spider, or Argyroneta aquatica.  There are pictures after the break!

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