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Shoot Me NowSpiders

Published on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 by

One should never reveal his or her weakness.  But to all of you, I will.

I’m pretty tough.  I can handle snakes, bugs, slimy things and furry fast things.  I can even handle spiders.  Except….

Let me explain.

One day as a teenager I was innocently skimming the family pool.  Of course you know me… I’m the one out there saving bugs that are floating on the water, often telling them, “It’s OK, I’m saving you!”

Indeed, that is what I was doing for a giant spider.  Not giant spider.  GINORMOUS spider.  This sucker had the biggest body I have ever seen in my life.

Once I caught the spider in my net, I moved it over to the concrete and tapped it out.  And that is when it happened.  It’s huge body began to undulate and then melt before my very eyes, getting smaller and spreading across the ground.

My heart stopped.  I forgot to breath.  And panic set in.  WHAT THE……..!!!!!

Did I mention spiders don’t really bother me?  But this one?  This giant, bulbous melting spider?  Sent panic from my head to my toes.

I soon learned what I saw was a Wolf Spider.  Mommy wolf spiders carry their young on their backs.  What I was watching was a good mommy taking care of her babies.  That is what I tell myself over and over when I see one.

spider with babies

But to this day… <shudder> when I see <shudder>, hear <shudder>  or think about a wolf spider <shudder>, I start to feel panic flow through my body.

Have you ever SEEN one of these things?!?

spider carrying babies

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  • Barb

    I would’ve killed that spider in a heartbeat…

  • What Barb said.  Me no likey spiders of any kind or any size.

    Have a terrific day.  🙂

  • Ron

    OH. MY. GOD….I would have FREAKED if I’d have seen that HUGE spider!!!!

    There are two things that really freak me out. Palmetto bugs (a huge water roach), and spiders. I can take anything else, but those two things make me act like Sissy Mary.

    I SCREAM!!!!!

    Great story, Katherine!


  • Oh, crap, that’s gross. Now that picture’s burned into my brain. Thanks.

  • On the upside, you saved many little lives.  They probably returned the favor as best they could and saved you from many mosquitoes and flies -and you never even knew it.

  • Now that’s a scary-arse spider!

  • I can’t even look at this post! *runs away screaming*

  • I don’t know how many more of these posts I can face!  It is not doing my spider phobia any good at all 🙁

  • Ugh. Those things look disgusting!

  • Oh god ….that spider is like…I don’t know. Nature’s Mistake or something. Another reason why cold climates rock: NO WOLF SPIDERS

  • I can’t stand those guys – plus they are BIG to start with before they add the bazillion babies!

  • Wow that’s creepy, and what’s worse, it looks suspiciously like the spider in my post.  The one that shared our trailer for the weekend.

  • I save spiders too.  And rats.  And mice.  And bees.  And flies.  But I slaughter mosquitoes!

  • Aaack!  That’s one creepy crawly spider – literally and figuratively!  I’ve never seen one (yet) but I’m sure they live in our climate.   I’m glad you saved her, though, since I would probably have done the same (I’ve saved many a honey bee from drowning) but I would probably loose it somewhere other than in my backyard.  I hate walking into spider webs.  😉

  • Ok. Thank you for the sleepless night I am going to have tonight. Holy. Crap! 

  • MalisaHargrove

    Okay, you have TOTALLY FREAKED ME OUT! That picture has been burned in my brain! Shit, shit, shit. Sorry.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    Oh for the love of God! This is truly horrible. Why did you tell me this? I’ll never sleep again. Dear God.

    I hate Nicky for this prompt.

  • OMG…I read this post through my fingers because I really REALLY didn’t want to see the picture that I knew was coming. Thanks for the knowledge. I’m forever grateful. Should I ever come across that wolf spider, that bitch and her passel of evil mutant babies is going down…was that too harsh?

  • Rickpeterson50

    Very creepy! I read all the sentences and I’m glad I avoided the last photo. One of the things that I don’t like are the spiders. You really shared a great story on us.

  • Mel

    LMAO at Sandra

    Personally, I don’t fear spiders.
    However–this one is just gross.  I started out thinking ‘cool……..spidery guy!!’……yup, ended up with GROSS…..ewwww

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