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1. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 9y

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I happened across this today and if I were going to be in Los Angeles I would add it to my itinerary (It is true, I have a certain fondness for the beautiful orb weavers; right now we have a Kreuzspinne/cross spider living in our window that has been with us for about 5 weeks.): The Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum. As Tim McGarry writes in his web blog, the Pavilion is "a light and airy mesh structure where the spiders move freely and in the open, weaving their webs." It looks like a normal greenhouse in the photo but is apparently covered not with glass but screening.

The Spider Pavilion is open until November 5th. Looks cool. I'd post a link to this article, but I don't think that is allowed, so you are on your own, perhaps with the help of Google.

-Kevin
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Kevin Pfeiffer

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

WARNING to Cupcake!!!!! Do NOT click the links!!! You don't want to see these. ;)

Hey Kevin - that is really cool!!! I wish I was closer to LA as I would go and see the exhibit. I love spiders. We have a few "daddy longlegs" that have taken up residence in the basement and the entryway.

Here are links for the Natural History Museum plus two blogs w/pictures :
Spider Pavilion
Dave Bullock blog
Tim McGarry blog

I find the Argiope aurantia (golden orb weaver/black & yellow garden spider) to be one of the more beautiful spiders around. (Tim McGarry has one pictured.) Here, in my little neck of the woods, they are also known as the zipper spider because of their web design.

3. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 9y

Quoting Isadora

Hey Kevin - that is really cool!!! I wish I was closer to LA as I would go and see the exhibit. I love spiders.

My favourite quote from the Bullock blog: "The exhibit is sponsored by Western Exterminators, but I was assured that at the end of the show they would not be filling up the spider tent with poisonous gas."

My wife is not so fond of them and I wasn't at first, but they grow on you; checking out the local orb weavers will become part of my travel routine. We may be in Florida in January and I am already wondering if I will be able to see some of the Golden Silk spiders (Nephila). I suppose one can't bring them back on the plane.

-Kevin
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Kevin Pfeiffer

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 26, 2006 3:01 PM by pfeiffer ]

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting pfeiffer

My favourite quote from the Bullock blog: "The exhibit is sponsored by Western Exterminators, but I was assured that at the end of the show they would not be filling up the spider tent with poisonous gas."

My wife is not so fond of them and I wasn't at first, but they grow on you; checking out the local orb weavers will become part of my travel routine. We may be in Florida in January and I am already wondering if I will be able to see some of the Golden Silk spiders (Nephila). I suppose one can't bring them back on the plane.

-Kevin
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Kevin Pfeiffer

I was going to mention the Western Extermminator and Dow AgroScience sponsers but it slipped my mind. (No, we really don't want to kill the little buggers - see, we're sponsoring this exhibit so you'll know what to look for in your house and then call us.)

Nephila is a beauty too. If the weather is good (warm) and you visit some of the nature areas, you should be able to find a few.

I had a grass (Hobo) spider (funnel web weavers) living behind my computer for most of the summer. She has moved on to "greener pastures". I also have spotted jumping or wolf spider living in my desk draw (webless). They are very common but I have yet to find an accurate picture of them. :(