Blarney Canon 40D Cork Ireland Nature Photography Photos Sigma 18-200



Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders is a common one. Who really likes the creepy crawlies that come into your house and lurk in the corner? Look at those big fangs, and the long hairy legs!

This one was actually on my wall (I rotated the image 90 degrees) and just after I took the photo he dropped to the floor where I lost sight of him. He could still be here, in my office. Just waiting for me to .. What’s that???

I’m usually the one to remove them from our home actually. A glass and a thin magazine do the job really well. Don’t want to hurt them as they trap the flies and other nasties that buzz around the place.
One time at my last job I saw a fly get caught in a spider’s web. The spider darted out of a small hole in the window sill and grabbed the fly, still thrashing, and took it back to his lair. Dinner!

This is in honour of Scarecrow, a character in the world of Batman, who frightened and unsettled me last night while I was playing “Batman: Arkham Asylum”.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 50mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/60s

By Donncha

Donncha Γ“ Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

8 replies on “Arachnophobia”

I was thinking that was skin until I read the description. Either way, nice job catching this.

By the way, how is that game? It looks good from what I’ve seen of it, but I’d rather hear from someone who’s played it.

Skin? *shudder* That thing was huge, almost as big as the palm of my hands!

The new Batman game is great. You will love it! If I had more spare time I’d be playing it a lot more but alas real life gets in the way.

Oh you people πŸ™‚ this is a common giant house spider, nothing more nothing less. Contrary to popular belief they do not “come in from the cold” at the end of summer, they are always living in your house (in the walls etc.) The reason you only see them at this time is because the males are feeling a bit randy and set out on an adventure across your living room floor to find a mate. You can sometimes find a pair of males fighting, gladiator style, if you’re really lucky.

They are also one of the fastest running spiders in known existence. I suppose this only adds to peoples fear. They don’t cope very well with outside environments though, hence why putting them outside isn’t as kind as you might think, but it certainly beats hammering the be-jaysus out of them with the heel of a shoe πŸ™‚

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