Archive for October, 2006

Spider named after Anglican Diocese

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

habronestesPreviously, I told you how you can get a spider named after you. Well here’s a story about someone who did just that. It’s not too late - there are still plenty of spiders out there needing a name.

Funnel web spider shop

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

You can find all our Funnel Web Spider gear at the Funnel Web Spider Shop. Once I’ve got my super duper spider photos, I’ll be adding those to the shop.

WordPress installed

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

And my old theme has been uploaded. I’m now trying to upload my old content, then the images, then we’re away!

Update (6:29pm): Posts uploaded OK. Now to fix picture links, add the page content and fix the sidebars.

Update (12 October 2006, 4:08pm): Got widgets working, adding a few other things on the server to make my life easier, then going back to fixing up the theme - currently using the default. Also have to fix images and add my links.

Moving to our own domain

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

This blog has been getting good traffic so I’m going to move it to its own domain, www.funnelwebspiders.com. Hopefully there won’t be too many glitches in the changeover while I set up WordPress on the new host and upload all my posts. Fingers crossed!

Myths, Misconceptions, and Superstitions About Spiders

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

Rod Crawford, sensible bloke and Curator of Arachnids at Burke Museum in Seattle, USA, has put together an exhaustive list of Myths, Misconceptions and Superstitions about Spiders. His list covers:

  • General fallacies
  • Myths about identifying spiders
  • House spider myths
  • Just plain weird stories
  • Myths about dangerous spiders

A lot of the pages are about American spiders and some myths that returned soldiers from Iraq are perpetrating on their unsuspecting friends and families (pretty cool/funny though - see the camel spider articles).

His most relevant myth for this site is:

But there really are deadly spiders in Australia and Brazil

(Ours are deadlier than yours)

I agree with pretty much everything Rod has to say, except when he says that funnel web spiders can’t be considered deadly because we now have antivenom for them. The inherent deadliness of the spider doesn’t change because we have antivenom.

At any rate, I certainly won’t be playing with funnel webs or letting kids have them as pets just because we have an antidote to their potentially lethal bite.