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Popcorn spiders?

Discussion in 'True Spiders & Other Arachnids' started by Neurozool, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. Neurozool

    Neurozool Arachnopeon

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    I grew up on a small farm in Southern Oregon (think desert) We must have had about 20 'popcorn' spiders. About the ugliest spiders I've ever seen- but they never hurt us. They also didn't have the neatest webs, and they didn't seem to mind living very close together. Is there such a thing as a 'popcorn' spider???
     
  2. cacoseraph

    cacoseraph ArachnoGod Old Timer

    why were they called popcorn spiders?


    incidentily common names can sometimes be intensely local... so you might not get a lot of hits for the common name
     
  3. Neurozool

    Neurozool Arachnopeon

    They were pale yellow/beige and their thorax was a huge and bumpy, with lots of points- like a piece of popcorn :)
     
  4. cacoseraph

    cacoseraph ArachnoGod Old Timer

    now THAT is probably going to mean something to someone



    ... just not me. hehehe.


    what was the size like and what kind of web did they make?


    i will try to ask as many hopefully useful q's in the hopes that a true spider person will come along and be able to make a good guess from them



    check out Gasteracantha though. google image it
    er, here
    http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=Gasteracantha+&gbv=2
    and Micrathena
    http://images.google.com/images?gbv=2&svnum=50&hl=en&newwindow=1&safe=off&q=micrathena

    check those out.
     
  5. John Apple

    John Apple Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Well I am not thinking Micranthena as the webs they make are almost perfect in orb design
     
  6. Neurozool

    Neurozool Arachnopeon

    They made 'cobweb' type webs. The only places I saw them were in wood structures that were dark. They were big! maybe 2 inches, but the huge thorax was most of that. Like I said, they all seemed to hang around each other. They never harmed us, but then again, we NEVER wanted to bother them. The other odd thing, I don't think I ever say them eat anything...strange. But then again, I was younger. (10-15)
     
  7. cacoseraph

    cacoseraph ArachnoGod Old Timer

    is that 2" legspan or bodylength?

    er... nevermind. almost certainly must be legspan


    was teh web smooth or rough?
     
  8. Neurozool

    Neurozool Arachnopeon

    Well, yes 2" leg span, but the trorax's were also very large, and varied between spiders. They were mostlyround-ish..they were always very swollen-if that makes sense...as to the webs, I'm not sure what rough and smooth means, but I'd say rough.
     
  9. Johnnyster

    Johnnyster Arachnosquire

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  10. Neurozool

    Neurozool Arachnopeon

    ya, that might be it, but I would really need to see a side view to know for certain....
     
  11. Could it be an Argiope? Not sure if they are native to that area, but it sounds like what you are describing to me. Although it could be anything.
     
  12. Neurozool

    Neurozool Arachnopeon

    Well, I'm not sure. They had huge 'warty' thorax's all were uniform color (beige) and did not have orb webs, and several grown spiders would live rather close to each other. I also never saw them anywhere but in dark wooden structures.....
     
  13. Johnnyster

    Johnnyster Arachnosquire

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    Is it this one??

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    ***OH man,,,,I just couldnt help it,,,LOL
    (I need to see a graphics shrink)
     
  14. Neurozool

    Neurozool Arachnopeon

    well... they are not white, and not that warty..but the legs are dead on!
    You could still see the heads, but the 'popcorn' butt was very prominent
     
  15. LOL very very nice johnny :clap: :clap:
     
  16. Johnnyster

    Johnnyster Arachnosquire

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    This one was posted as a popcorn spider on flickr.... it appears that the image colors were manipulated.

    [​IMG]
     
  17. Neurozool

    Neurozool Arachnopeon

    That looks more like a hematoma spider to me :D
     
  18. GloryHammer

    GloryHammer Arachnopeon

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    oregon
    popcorn spider possible identity.

    From the pictures online people are posting and saying it is a popcorn spider, it appears to me to be an araneus diadematus.