White Tail

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Just about to settle down the for the evening on Sunday, when I spotted this guy in the corner.  (it might actually mean I can give a weekly photo challenge a go for this year...)



White Tail Face 



White Tail 


Looks a bit ugly compared to some of the jumping spiders I've photographed before.  (What is the world coming to when I'm considering the attractiveness of spiders?):crazy:  White tails also apparently have a nasty bite which can cause severe reactions.


Usual set up - Nikon D7000, Tamron SP90, handheld single exposure, on camera flash + LED flash light.

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Go for it, Chris! I suggest using a tag like CEWI2017 (Create Every Week In 2017). I can add a menu item under challenges for it. :) 

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Nasty little buggers, these white-tails. The only spiders I see in my house that I'll kill on sight, having been bitten on several occasions (usually while in bed asleep - wakes you up, believe me!).

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Small, Ann - about an inch or so long (maybe bigger in warmer climes than here), but aside from their mildly venomous but extremely painful bite, they have been associated with transferring Necrotising fasciitis bacterial infection which kills living soft tissue and can spread to the degree that a limb can be lost or even resulting in death in extreme cases.


I have heard it argued that the two are not directly associated, but that it's the length of time it takes one of these bites to heal that allows the necrotising bacteria to establish independently, but I'm not taking any chances and if I see one of these things its dead. Thankfully they are very susceptible to a direct hit of surface spray insecticide, as sometimes they survive attempts to kill them with more physical means. They are extremely tough in that way.

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Similar size to what Alan described.  It is probably about as big as they get around my place.  I usually trap bugs around the house and move them out to the back yard - with occasional photos on the way.   Bug spray only comes out when there are large numbers such as lines of ants.

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If cockroaches aren't vile enough while crawling, our largest variety has developed the ability to fly too. My Mom used to call them Zeppelins. Last night we had two of them fly into the house while we were watching TV. Needless to say bug spray was on hand and a swift extermination was carried out. :P

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