Some trivia for CT member Chrisy

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Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year

"Spiders are quite literally all around us. A recent entomological survey of North Carolina homes turned up spiders in 100 percent of them, including 68 percent of bathrooms and more than three-quarters of bedrooms. There's a good chance at least one spider is staring at you right now, sizing you up from a darkened corner of the room, eight eyes glistening in the shadows.

Spiders mostly eat insects, although some of the larger species have been known to snack on lizards, birds and even small mammals. Given their abundance and the voraciousness of their appetites, two European biologists recently wondered: If you were to tally up all the food eaten by the world's entire spider population in a single year, how much would it be?

Martin Nyffeler and Klaus Birkhofer published their estimate in the journal the Science of Nature earlier this month, and the number they arrived at is frankly shocking: The world's spiders consume somewhere between 400 million and 800 million tons of prey in any given year. That means that spiders eat at least as much meat as all 7 billion humans on the planet combined, who the authors note consume about 400 million tons of meat and fish each year.

Or, for a slightly more disturbing comparison: The total biomass of all adult humans on Earth is estimated to be 287 million tons. Even if you tack on another 70 million-ish tons to account for the weight of kids, it's still not equal to the total amount of food eaten by spiders in a given year, exceeding the total weight of humanity.

In other words, spiders could eat all of us and still be hungry."


https://www.washingtonpost....m_term=.d8fcbefe0428

:shock: :shock: :shock:

(I think about 1/2 the world's arachnids live under/on/around my front porch.)
(for those who don't know or remember, Chrisy hates spiders.)
 

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Link no worky!

Here's one that I actually like.. Salticidae.. Jumping spiders.. super smart and alert, and they stalk their prey like a cat stalks birds..
 

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Hey GB, what a pleasant topic to open up early this morning on the left coast, I have only had two sips of my first cup. Now I'm checking corners, under couches and yes even my coffee cup ....... thanks. :lol:
 
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Alan":1yqmljec said:
Hey GB, what a pleasant topic to open up early this morning on the left coast, I have only had two sips of my first cup. Now I'm checking corners, under couches and yes even my coffee cup ....... thanks. :lol:
I don't mind the big ones I see in the flower beds and stuff, but I pulled a round bale out a few weeks ago, and there must have been a couple dozen black widows on the back side where it was butted up against another bale. I hate those things.
As Jim Stafford said..I don't like spiders and snakes...missing man cut out of a python in Indonesia.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlW08FTny98
 

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Nesikep":jqwu8wdt said:
I have a great dislike for wolf spiders.. especially the 3 I always find in the bathtub

I could send my house cat over, he likes to kill spiders and crickets he finds in the basement.
 

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sim.-ang.king":8o22u4gt said:
Nesikep":8o22u4gt said:
I have a great dislike for wolf spiders.. especially the 3 I always find in the bathtub

I could send my house cat over, he likes to kill spiders and crickets he finds in the basement.
Does he really kill them? or would he rather bring them to you alive, while you're in bed?
 

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Nesikep":i5jdwc6d said:
sim.-ang.king":i5jdwc6d said:
Nesikep":i5jdwc6d said:
I have a great dislike for wolf spiders.. especially the 3 I always find in the bathtub

I could send my house cat over, he likes to kill spiders and crickets he finds in the basement.
Does he really kill them? or would he rather bring them to you alive, while you're in bed?
He can do it either way. If you want them dead, just don't feed him for a while. :lol:
 

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This whole thread is why I live where the air hurts my skin nearly 6 months of the year!!!! Granted, the skeeters are the size of song birds the other six months, but I do not like the creepy crawly stuff!!!!
 
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