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Old 05-18-2021, 12:30 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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There is a fuzzy little spider with a red fuzzy butt who lives in my office. He is quite determined to climb up into a cut crystal lamp that sits by my computer. Near the top of the lamp, the crystal flairs out and just above that flair, the crystal is quite smooth.


Every morning, the little spider crawls carefully up the lamp, using the "cuts" in the design as toeholds. He gets to the flair and spends some time trying to get past that, occasionally sliding down.


After a few minutes, he gives up and crawls back down off the lamp and across the desk.


Then the next morning, he is back to try it again. I can watch him vary the approach to the slippery spot so he is going home and thinking about the problem overnight trying to work out a solution. Then he is back the next day to try the new approach. He hasn't got it figured out yet, but he is working at it.


I have to admire the determination.
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Old 05-18-2021, 02:56 PM
 
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Is it a red back jumping spider? https://spideridentifications.com/re...ng-spider.html


Spiders tend to give me the shivers, but as far as spiders go...it looks kind of cute. They live about a year.
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Old 05-18-2021, 04:02 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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There is a fuzzy little spider with a red fuzzy butt who lives in my office. He is quite determined to climb up into a cut crystal lamp that sits by my computer. Near the top of the lamp, the crystal flairs out and just above that flair, the crystal is quite smooth.


Every morning, the little spider crawls carefully up the lamp, using the "cuts" in the design as toeholds. He gets to the flair and spends some time trying to get past that, occasionally sliding down.


After a few minutes, he gives up and crawls back down off the lamp and across the desk.


Then the next morning, he is back to try it again. I can watch him vary the approach to the slippery spot so he is going home and thinking about the problem overnight trying to work out a solution. Then he is back the next day to try the new approach. He hasn't got it figured out yet, but he is working at it.


I have to admire the determination.
Is this lamp turned on each day? Maybe he's attracted by the light and heat buildup (knowing flying insects/potential prey are attracted to the same light and heat). You could tie a piece of string around the lower part of the lamp and drape a length up over the slippery bit. He could crawl up the string. But, if he does reach his goal would that actually end up being a good thing for him?
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Old 05-18-2021, 04:11 PM
 
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Ya gotta have goals...
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Old 05-18-2021, 04:20 PM
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Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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lest we forget


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcsDtvULi94
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Old 05-18-2021, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Is it a red back jumping spider? https://spideridentifications.com/re...ng-spider.html


Spiders tend to give me the shivers, but as far as spiders go...it looks kind of cute. They live about a year.

That thing looks hideous! I wish all spiders were extinct.
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Old 05-18-2021, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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That thing looks hideous! I wish all spiders were extinct.
If all spiders were extinct the earth would be overrun by a lot of less desirable and more destructive insects.
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Old 05-18-2021, 04:54 PM
 
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That thing looks hideous! I wish all spiders were extinct.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Just because you can't see the value in a creature doesn't mean it has none. It is probably beautifully designed for its unique little unobtrusive life!

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Old 05-18-2021, 06:19 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Is it a red back jumping spider?........

He looks a lot like that, but the red patch on his back is a lot smaller and he kind of strolls casually rather than jumping. He's not a spider in a hurry.
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Old 05-18-2021, 06:23 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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It never occurred to me to wonder if spiders have hearing.


He had given up for the day and was marching home again and I spoke to him about his climb. He stopped moving and turned and faced me, with his front legs up in what looked like defense.


I kept talking and he put his legs down and took a couple of steps towards me and picked his front legs up, one at a time and moved them around, not looking defensive. He took a couple more steps towards me, again with the leg waving.


When I stopped talking, he turned back around and headed towards home. No question about it. He could hear me.
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