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Not pontificating. Only trying to bat on the side of the environment. And ethics. And simple living. And slowing down. (And trying to learn and practise before preaching or teaching...)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Mummy-Long-legs?


This is a common house spider in South India, seen here with her egg sac. If I am right, she is H. venatoria - read about this species here.
Ever since I set eyes on them, though, I have always yelled out 'Tarantula!' and my wonderful M-I-L would deftly collect them within the bristles of a broom and encourage the leggy creature to set up camp in the garden.
Now I don't mind them - they are willing caretakers of a lonely house...

Camera Critters
Afterthought - CC means camera-critters, not creepy crawlies! :)

PS 1. In case you are not yet spider-wise, Daddy-long-legs is actually a spider that does not look much different from the web it weaves.
PS 2. But another Daddy-Long-Legs is one of my favourite companions, and is put up in a shelf, too. More about that later!

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8 Comments:

Blogger RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

Terrific shot and cute title.
In this connection see
http://rajirules.blogspot.com/2007/10/dia-in-beacon.html

We had seen a coupleof monstrous sculptures of spiders created by Louise Bourgeoise. One of them (in Dia Museum in Beacon) is called Maman and has a pouch with eggs, made of solid marble.

21 August, 2008  
Blogger Kat said...

You and Indrani wander around with camera everywhere ? mmm :-) Cute pic( shudder :-)))

You always called out 'tarantula'?

Me and my daughter always call out.. "HAAAAAAAALP..!!!!!"

21 August, 2008  
Blogger i beati said...

haven't seen one in a long time sandy

21 August, 2008  
Blogger Kelly said...

Glad he's at your house and not at mine!

23 August, 2008  
Blogger Lakshmi Bharadwaj said...

hmm...interesting. For me too, any weird spider is a tarantula! I've never seen this one before.

23 August, 2008  
Blogger Indrani said...

That is scary Swarna. I wouldn't have the guts to take a aim. :)

23 August, 2008  
Blogger Ramjee Nagarajan said...

Which part of India did you see this one?

21 April, 2010  
Blogger Swarna said...

@Ramjee - in central Kerala, at a house by the Chalakudy river.

21 April, 2010  

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