Spiders - why do they have such long legs..?

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Dark Vader    pirate
13/11/2012 at 07:15

Not exactly a design success.......

 

13/11/2012 at 08:14
Well they're hardly extinct, are they?
Dark Vader    pirate
13/11/2012 at 08:32

Good point...   so..  why do you think they evolved with such long legs relative to their body size..?   

Rafiki    pirate
13/11/2012 at 09:07

so they can spread their body weight over a larger area on their webs and not damage the web (species that don't build webs have shorter legs!) or maybe so they can scare people more??

13/11/2012 at 09:27

If I was a spider and had to spend my time walking around through prickly bushes etc I'd be glad of long legs to avoid sctatching my bollocks off

13/11/2012 at 09:54

Different species have different leg/body-size ratios.

The ones I get in my flat are these:

 

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/4741/gallery/imagescapf3ztj.jpg?width=350

 

13/11/2012 at 10:13

Eeek!

This thread does NOT need pictures!

 

13/11/2012 at 10:27
Rafiki wrote (see)

so they can spread their body weight over a larger area on their webs and not damage the web 

Sounds reasonable.

I'm not particularly freaked out by these little fellas, but the wolf spider gets me a bit icky.  The only spider to carry their babies around on their back.  I'll spare those of a delicate disposition any photos, hence the link. 

13/11/2012 at 10:31

That's actually quite cute!  Looks like some sort of tea cosy.

13/11/2012 at 10:40

I always have to rescue my husband from spiders

 

13/11/2012 at 11:36

Spiders move their legs using hydraulics, so it might be something to do with that.

13/11/2012 at 12:00
PhilPub wrote (see)
Rafiki wrote (see)

so they can spread their body weight over a larger area on their webs and not damage the web 

Sounds reasonable.

I'm not particularly freaked out by these little fellas, but the wolf spider gets me a bit icky.  The only spider to carry their babies around on their back.  I'll spare those of a delicate disposition any photos, hence the link. 

 That looks like some sort of nightmarish spider-wig. 

Iron Pingu    pirate
13/11/2012 at 12:13

I had to remove 2, yes 2 spiders from my car on the way to work this morning.  The first was like in Wilkies pic, he was walking across the sun visor, then there was a little one hanging from the ceiling who I thought might as well go as well. 

EDIT: Wow, that picture is amazing!!

Edited: 13/11/2012 at 12:15
Rafiki    pirate
13/11/2012 at 12:16

 you mean you murdered a whole family!!!

13/11/2012 at 12:17

Opened the link about 5 minutes ago... the screams are only just dying down now 

Iron Pingu    pirate
13/11/2012 at 12:29
Rafiki wrote (see)

 you mean you murdered a whole family!!!

I did not!  I put them out in the wonderful Welsh countryside .. together.  The big one's probably eating the little one right now...

13/11/2012 at 12:47

One of my daughters had a tarantula (oh and lizards etc.) so not really frightened of the things having held one many times.  One Halloween, when she was a teenager, she answered the door to some children with the spider just holding on the front of her jumper, I can still hear the screams

To feed them, and the lizards, means putting your hand in a jar and grabbing a handful of live cockroaches to throw in with them, fun in itself if you don't like creepy crawlies.  In the summer we used to go out catching grasshoppers for a treat (for them not for us)

13/11/2012 at 13:08

*tries not to vomit* 

13/11/2012 at 14:31
Juliefrazz wrote (see)

Eeek!

This thread does NOT need pictures!

 

Agreed.... although I looked at PhilPubs picture and wonder if i'll be able to sleep tonight :/

13/11/2012 at 15:01
Emmy_H wrote (see)
 

I looked at PhilPubs picture and wonder if i'll be able to sleep tonight :/

I do hope this doesn't get quoted out of context.  

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