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Spiders Do Not Like Conkers

11/14/2007 5:07 AM

Having been told by a work colleague that spiders do not like conkers (seed of the horse chestnut tree) we have conducted an experiment over the past few months.

We have placed conkers on the windowsills in various rooms at different houses where spiders were seen frequently. The result is that no spiders have been seen while the conkers were present. Removing the conkers and cleaning the areas resulted in the return of spiders within 2 weeks.

Is there a scientific explanation for this?

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11/14/2007 5:23 AM

According to Wiki: "[conkers] contain high concentrations of a saponin-class toxin called Aesculin, which is toxic to many animals including humans because it causes hemolysis (destruction of red blood cells)." Could a similar effect be seen also in spiders?

Duplicate experiments are now underway locally!

Now, imagine the effect in school playgrounds if the Health & Safety Executive get hold of this story.... Shhhhh! Keep it quiet!

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11/14/2007 1:00 PM

Hi PWSlack.

Too late!!! I have already informed my local school. Spencer.

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11/14/2007 6:42 PM

It has to ingested and I don't think spiders are vegetarians. Old world children have been playing games with them for centuries.

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11/14/2007 11:00 PM

You are right; there are no herbivorous spiders. The likeliest explanation would be that either the horse chestnuts kill off the spiders' prey, thus driving them away, (hey! That rhymes!), or perhaps some of the spiders' prey are poisoned by the chestnuts, and in ingesting the insects, the spiders are themselves poisoned & killed.

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11/15/2007 5:07 AM

That's a good suggestion!

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11/15/2007 7:01 AM

Hi PWSlack.

A botanist friend of mine told me yesterday that conkers give off a smell that spides hate, he also said that if you shell the conkers first it is an even better deterant against spiders. Spencer.

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11/15/2007 7:24 AM

Distribution of shelled conkers around the bothy is underway....

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11/15/2007 12:46 AM

According to Wiki, they are native to Europe. Would someone like to send one to San Diego? I'll gladly send back some spiders!

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11/15/2007 12:50 AM

How do you like that! A bit more research, and I find that they are all over the US, too. And to think I was going to throw in 2 tickets to the Zoo.

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11/15/2007 4:04 AM

Hi PW, I also would like to duplicate this experiment. Sadly, there are no Horse Chestnut trees in Tassie but, we do have copious quantities of spiders, some of them about the size of a tennis ball and they bite!

If you could email me the conkers to my mail box, I would be very appreciative (well, Mrs Beej would be)!

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11/15/2007 5:11 AM

As long as those Tassie spiders aren't faxed back by return.....

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11/16/2007 6:20 PM

Hi Beej50 I'm in the NE at St Marys. I have Horse chestnut tree growing on my property. You can get them from the city park in Launceston, next autum.

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11/14/2007 10:14 AM

I've heard about spiders dislike of conkers (my ex. is scared rigid of 8-legged beasties). I didn't know whether to give it any credence. Nice to hear of a sort-of controlled experiment - must go conker-hunting before they all rot or start sprouting. Thanks.

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11/14/2007 11:11 PM

Spiders have bad eyes. Conkers do not look like flies, they look like huge badass spiders, so the little one stay away. :)

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11/15/2007 12:41 PM

They may have bad eyes but they have many!

I would not like to chance it with things looking like this.

Bad eyes my arse, this thing is watching you like a hawk and so are those rotten running spiders we have in Europe. Some call them house spiders and others call them wolf spiders but they hunt by running their prey down and on my wooden floor you can hear them!

Nice experiment and I am going to try it over the weekend. Will depend on if I can find some of those chestnut things first.

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11/15/2007 12:59 PM

For all you spider-scared people out there. There is a company in Ottawa, Canada called Lee Valley that sells this nice little contraption to catch spiders without actually touching them. The tool is made in the UK btw. Take a tour of their online catalog; they have some very nice wood working tools.

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11/15/2007 1:11 PM

Not realy, although my daughter is a bit.

I just pick them up and throw them out knowing they are faster back in than my daugter can get back to sleep ha ha ha. One day she called me up to the tv room saying there is this huge spider. When I got there it was a wolf spider which was still growing and maybe only about 1 inch footprint, small in my book. I threw it out the front door and she went back to her tv room. Later that night I went to the bathroom, also upstairs, to find a 1 inch wolf spider in the bath. Must have been the same one. It was in there for 1 day before I decided to let it out with a towel around the edge as they cannot climb the enamel. It disapeared behind the bath under all the wood and to date my daughter has not had a bath as she thinks it is still under there.

Heard an amazing fact the other day about what spiders eat worldwide in weight. Cannot remember but will try to find it tonight.

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11/15/2007 1:33 PM

My daughter is also very scared of creepy-crawlies...every time she sees one, she howlers for my son to go take care of it. I don't think he ever killed anything (except for mosquitoes, of course); he gently carries them outside to release them in the "wild". He used to watch over our shoulders whenever we'd be digging the yard (planting and such) and freak out when the shovel accidentally hit a worm...he'd carry those out of harms way too...

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11/15/2007 2:08 PM

Haha , those kids are hilariously funny sometimes. Mine will not have them killed either, she is a nature lover except for those rotten mosquito's as well.

Cherish the sight of a spider eating a mosquito. free of charge

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11/17/2007 1:58 AM

Depending on the size of the spider, that's not a mosquito. It's either a crane fly or a mosquito hawk.

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11/17/2007 4:47 AM

I don't know in which country it was taken thus we must conclude that it could be something else. It has rather long legs doesn't it?

Maybe it is one of those daddy longlegs we have in the UK. Is that what you call a crane fly?

If it is it is a stupid spider as those eat mozzies as well.

Do you eat mozzies btw?

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11/17/2007 10:49 PM

No, daddy long-legs don't have wings. In other places, daddy long-legs are also called harvest masters because they appear in numbers during harvest time. Also, they only have six legs, which (of course) makes them an insect.

A crane fly looks like a very large mosquito, but they don't bite. They tend to be sort of red in color. A mosquito hawk looks like a very very large mosquito, is kind of tan colored, and eats mosquitoes.

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11/18/2007 3:34 AM

I do believe that in the UK at least the Crane Fly is called the Daddy long legs.....

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11/18/2007 11:03 AM

The crane fly is called daddy long leggs in my book, I thought it was a naf book but that seems too far out even for a bad book.

Maybe the nomenclature differs geographically and it does refer to the same animals.

Harvest spiders are bulbous long legged creatures called pholcus phalangoides. These are sometimes also called daddy long legs spider as they resemble the crane fly.

The crane fly, called tipula paludosa, does not eat mosquitos and I was wrong on that. These can be a pest for agriculture as they eat roots and lower stems of a wide variety of grass like plants. Apparently rooks and other birds like them.

Still not got to trying the conkers bit.

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11/18/2007 11:21 AM

Round here, popular name for "Crane fly" is "Daddy-long-legs".

"Daddy-long-legs" also used for the Pholcus phalangioides (AKA Harvestman).

Larvae of Crane fly (Tipula paludosa) known as "Leatherjackets" - they do the damage.

Wonder what bikes they ride?

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11/18/2007 11:39 AM

If they wear white socks as well that fold over the boot, than they surely ride old brit bikes.

They have to have the jackets studded first though and also have a 69 rockers badge or ace cafe lapel pin.

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11/19/2007 12:14 AM

Here in America, while the crane fly is harmless, they do a number on the artichoke harvest.

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I carry worms out of harm's way, too. OH, my wife just informed me that a worm's natural habitat is NOT the nearest fish-containing body of water, and that trading a worm in for a fish is NOT an-invertebrate sensitive trade. Shoot, and all I thought I was doing was trading up, and rescuing a worm in the process.

Well, on the bright side, I guess I won't have to buy so many fish-hooks anymore.

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11/15/2007 1:16 PM

Searched for it but found this!

Also to do with spiders.

these are pecan nut haloween spiders

and olive egg spiders.

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Saw this other "Spider Catch & Release" tool over the weekend...

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11/20/2007 3:30 PM

You must be well and truly scared of them having to resort to several inventions to get rid of them!

I just pick them up and walk to the door and throw them out, full well knowing that before we all go to bed that night, Mr Itsy Bitsy spider is back in again.

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Naaaah....I was just going through a Xmas catalog I received by mail and when I saw this, thought about this thread....honest...

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You're absolutely right -they are territorial and once they have made themselves a home, are extremely reluctant to leave it! The only solution to the problem is to squish em with the Next Directory (or any other heavy object which may be close at hand!)

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"The only solution ..." - I beg to differ!

Where I'm working these days there is a wooden fence, often visited by all manner of beasties.

I've recently (while having a smoking break) been watching the wasps. Most of them settle on the wood and nibble off a bit of the surface to make paper for their nest - the result looks a bit like a rock grazed by a snail or limpet.

But today, a wasp came hunting. It worked it's way slowly along the fence, swooping in on every little dark spot - be it a knot or a splash of dry mud - and checking in the gaps between the palings and the posts.

Finally it found prey. A spider was just tucking into a small fly trapped it its web, when the wasp got it. It was hard to make out exactly what was happening, as the wasp had the spider in a pretty tight grip, but spider legs seemed to be coming off & getting stuck in the web. I didn't spot the wasp using its sting. After about a minute the wasp flew off with the remains of the spider.

Nature, yellow & black in tooth & claw.

[Must confess, I'm happier when these sort of goings-on are al fresco!]

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11/16/2007 8:03 PM

yes, those hunting spiders have binocular vision and big eyes. They still have short range vision and pay little attention to you until you are less than a foot away.

To a fly a wolf spider = a bad day

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11/14/2007 11:28 PM

This one would have your conkers before breakfast. Be afraid, be very afraid.

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I have those all over my garden. They look ugly, except that the often have a smiley on their backs.. but they seem pretty harmless...

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This is really interesting. A few years ago, a spider like this appeared in my backyard. It was an orb-weaver and its web was about four feet in diameter. The spider was all black (no spots), and had to be about four inches from leg-to-leg. The things that really made it scary was the spikes on its back, the fact that its legs ended in really scary, black hooks, and the fangs were visible and very large!!! I didn't disturb it, and it disappeared after about three or four days. That wasn't the only large, exotic spiders that started showing up.

Behind us, lived a family from Costa Rica. They visited their homeland often - I always wondered if they were bringing back hitchhikers, because I could never type these things out with field guides for my area.

Can you provide me with more info on the guy in your picture?

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Hey, Vermin. Do you see many Black Widows in your part of CA? (California, for those who might not know. NOT Canada, although I'd be interested to know if they show up there, too.) I lived up in the Sierra Nevada mountains as a kid (Pollock Pines was the town) and we saw them with bodies as big as your thumb, quite often. We burned a lot of firewood for heating, and it was a normal part of life to pick up a chunk of wood, bang it (HARD! Those things can really get a grip!) on the woodshed floor to dislodge any Black Widows, and then trundle it into the house. Then you banged in (HARD, remember?) on the concrete, rock, or fieldstone hearth to shake loose any you missed the first time, before putting it in the bin for later. Or you just chucked it on the fire, and sat back and enjoyed the sound of popping poisonous spiders, since they never seemed to move fast enough to escape before the heat got them.

I wonder if Chestnuts would have worked to drive them out. Raid and Black Flag killed them, but falling asleep to the smell of DDT on my bedroom walls and ceiling lacked something, esthetically speaking.

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OH YEAH! Big suckers, too! I've seen them with abdomens about an inch and a half wide. Needless to say it's best to stay out of attics, basements, and old outdoor toilets.

Funny thing, they're very shy and scare easily, except until the have an egg mass - that's when they get aggressive.

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Thanks for the reply (shudder!). I saw them often as a kid, but the one that sticks most in my mind was when I was getting ready for bed, on my top bunk, in a room with one of those tongue-in-groove style tiled ceilings. For some reason I still don't understand, I became convinced there was a black widow hiding in one of the gullies created where the tiling meets the molding at the ceiling. I got a can of Raid, soaked it, and about 10 minutes later SHE!!! fell out. Huge monster, don't even know how she fit the space. But it killed her. My foster brother had the bottom bunk. I slept in the living room that night.

But thankfully, I never saw any as large as yours. Mine were only as wide as my adult-sized thumbnail, probably not over (I didn't measure it) and inch.

Keep yours, thanks. I'll stick with the Eastern Diamondbacks where I live now.

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Ah, ha! A clue to your whereabouts! We'll soon be on your doorstep !

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Rotsa Ruck. Big Doorstep!!

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Hmm - "Rotsa Ruck" - couldn't find that on the map .

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It's overseas, in the Pacific, and the SOJ. Cameras there don't say "crick" but the people sell shoes with Reft and Right printed on the toes so the wearer knows which foot to put them on.

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I find that the Horse Chestnut is known as a Buckeye in the US. I will attempt to duplicate the exeriment here. However we must procede with caution, we do not want to kill off all the spiders in the world. That would increase the population of other insects, and the animals which feed on them, leading to increased methane production (budgie farts). This would of course lead to global warming...

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I find that the Horse Chestnut is known as a Buckeye in the US.

According to Wikipedia, the Horse Chestnut is native to Europe while the Buckeye (a.k.a. Ohio Buckeye) is native to the US. The trees look quite similar. I wonder whether a Buckeye seed repels spiders?

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I own 18 acres of land in north Georgia that has allot of rock on it, this makes nice homes for the black widows and small scorpions. It is not uncommon for me to kill 15 widows in a day just around my yard area alone. I wonder is there is any where in the USA that I can get some of these conkers? It would be better environmentally than spraying a strong mix of malathion every couple of months. I am not especially afraid of black widows they seem to not bother anything if not messed with. But after seeing a picture of a black widow bite area I figure they have to go from around the house.

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Black Widows never bothered me much, either. Then last weekend I was cutting up some pallets in the back yard with my circular saw. I felt something tickling the back of my leg, (I was wearing shorts) and much to my suprise, there was a rather large Black Widow headed for the inside of my shorts! I calmly flicked him (her?) off and stomped it into nothingness, successfully resisting the urge to scream like a little girl. I still shudder when I think about what damage that spider might have done in it's prospective home!

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Thanks, LCAC. I guess that answers my question from somewhere around 146. Man, those things STILL give me the creeps. I am not, I don't care WHO makes the rules, EVER going to be gentle and non-lethal with those creeps. I don't mind most spiders, but Black Widows that are still mobile are just too NON-FLAT for me! So I render all that I see flatter than a piece of paper. Can't stand those suckers!!

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I wonder is there is any where in the USA that I can get some of these conkers?

Conkers are just good old Horse Chestnuts. They grow all over the Midwest, but I don't know whether they thrive in Georgia. I suggest you check with your local arboretum.

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Consider this. When we finally notice a spider in the window, or wherever, it's about the size of a quarter, or a basketball. When it enters the abode, it most likely is the size of a pinhead. Now, WHAT has it been eating to grow to a noticeable size? I would much rather share digs with a spider I can see, than invisibles munchers I can't see. Even though spiders scare me spitless. Life is full of tradeoffs.

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....and David stood up to Goliath, what are a few spiders in comparison?

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Hi Andy.

Thanks for the tip, I will call my next spider pet "David".

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"spiders scare me spitless."

Spiders never scared me much, as I can usuall kill them fairly readily. (They basically more in 2 dimensions, except when on a thread and are slow). Not so with hornets and yellow jackets which move in 3 dimensions and are reasonably fast to attack.


I dont even want to think about 4 dimensional stinging insects.

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Yellow Jackets, et. al. are definitely 4 dimensional beasts.

As time goes by (4th dimension), they will just keep on stinging (that is if you don't move).

And they really, really hurt!

As a kid back in the forties, we (me and siblings) would see black widows all the time. Seemed like they were everywhere. We must have just been lucky because none of us were ever bitten. But I haven't seen a black widow in years and hope I never do again (not in my yard anyway).

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I wouldn't get rid of the hornets - although they are over-equipped in the stinging area, they are pretty docile unless disturbed, and they eat loads of nasty vegetarian creepy-crawlies (the docile bit applies to those in the UK - I'm not expert about cultural differences). I'd only remove them if they actually nested in the house.

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I once fell asleep on a fallen tree in which wood hornets (we're talking 1.5 - 2" long) had made their home. I did know they were there and had been watching and been watched by them for a while.

A friend saw me during this time and later told me that my hand had fallen directly in front of their entrance. Their solution was simply to fly round my hand, as they had flown round me when I got into their other flight paths.

Their communication is interesting - whenever I moved I would get checked out by a guard, which would hover just in front of my nose, do some amazing position changes (sideways, up, down - all without changing its attitude). Once s/he was happy, all the incoming hornets would fly around me - always changing directions using right angles.

I felt completely safe and welcome at all times - hence falling asleep.

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I have not seen a horse chestnut but if it's any thing like the American chest nut or the Black Walnut the husks have pungent oder that repels pest from attacking the seed. Maybe that the spiders don't like it ether.

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Ever try these Chrysanthemum plant them around your windows.

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Couldn't see much reference to spiders in there?

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On a similar theme, Lavender oil, used sparingly on exposed skin will ward off Mosquito's and similar. In fact a lot of "nasty" bugs don't like it at all, but good bugs, Bees and the like love it!!!

Old English cottages often have (or did have!) a big bunch of Lavender growing at each corner of the house, so no matter which way the wind blew, the house was "protected" so to say.....

My wife grows a lot and in spite of being in a fairly strong Mosquito area, we see very few of them around or in the house....we do have screens, but they are not 100% infallable....

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I tried that, covered myself with lavender oil, and was sacked and pillaged by a mob of little old ladies, who wudda thawt?

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DID YOU GIVE AS GOOD AS YOU GOT?????

Are any pregnant?

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Hi Andy.

While living in Norway I learned that rubbing the leaves of the bog-myrtle on your skin certainly kept the mosquito's at bay! Try it sometime, it is always growng near marshy ground. Spencer.

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Tea-tree oil in massage oil is good too. I swear by it!

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I tried tea-tree oil shampoo one time... I thought my head was going to explode!!!

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We all thought that it had!!!

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Wrong end!

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UGGHHH!!!! DON'T TELL ME !!!!

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Uh, yes. It has been my experience that spiders definitely do not like condoms. Especially those very large ones, with the ribbing, and lots of that... How should I describe it... The, uh, slippery, jelly-like substance. Filthy, little eight-legged bastards can't stand the things. And that's how we took care of them in the Crimea.

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WHAT, you s*****d (or F****D) the little buggers to death, how quaint!!please correct if I misunderstood your meaning in some manner.....

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Out of curiosity, the little blighters would place them over their heads and then suffocate!!!

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Just 'cos it's got 'tea' in the name, doesn't mean you're supposed to drink it!

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Chinese have tea from these flowers. My wife's mum, who is Chinese, she loves the stuff. They drink it all the time and even think (big "think" here), that it has medicinal powers. bs if you ask me but there you go.

It does not stink or even mildly smell weird though, maybe the life flowers do but not the dried ones.

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I was talking about the leaves of this plant (myrica gale), it only grows in the northern part of the northern hemisphere! Google; Bog myrtle, you will see what I mean. Spencer.

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I know, that is why I replied to another post where they mention Chrysanthemum .

Sorry but what is the point of replying to a particular post if people don't read that part of it.

Just as I now reply to your post, it tells other readers so we can have a little get together and discuss the virtues of good reading while they can go elsewhere and do what they want to do. If we did not know what or who we are replying to all this would be a mess.

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I wonder, could it be that the chemicals and enzymes in the horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) mimic the pheromone of a predator which is why a spider will avoid the area? Perhaps this is a question for the Zoological Society http://www.zsl.org/ and I would be interested to know if anyone has ever raised it previously with them or whether studies have already been done on the subject. However much you might dislike or fear them, remember the proverb: If you wish to live and thrive, let the spider run alive. I just wish someone would tell that to the spiders!

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I wonder if Spiders do not like Conkers because of the already discussed faint chemicals that leach out, or that they do not like the good old British game of "Conkers" or "Conquerors"?

Every time they see a conker lying around, they get a right panic on and scuttle away as fast as possible, just in case some little boy (anything below 80 years old!) will quickly bore a hole through the middle, add a cord and start swinging with it!!! For most spiders that could get quite dangerous I would imagine!!

Or perhaps the sight of that huge lump, hanging by its string (web?) looks too much like some giant "Spider who may like eating smaller Spiders".......?

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Looking at some of the more popular threads on CR4 of late, those with large numbers of replies seem to involve spiders or baths (not counting those about over-unity energy devices). Is there a connection here? And will KrisDelTM be bringing the environmentally friendly spider catcher to the attention of the European marketplace before anyone else does? The CR4 readership deserves to know....

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Yes PWSlack, ask an engineering question and you get few repies of any use but ask about conkers and you get bombarded.

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Hi PWSlack.

I love spiders, they are one of the most facinating creatures to observe, that is why I never kill them! I only put conkers down were I do not want them ie, the airing cupboard. Conkers do not kill them, they just keep them at bay. I welcome spiders in my living space as they keep other nasties away, such as house flies and other creepy crawlies. I would advise you to watch an Orb spider weaving it's web in your garden, it is a true engineer!!!

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Well said Spencer!

It seems I've been missing out on this Arachnid related post.

Now I'm here I expect the frivolity to cease forthwith .

(I was tipped off by my patent lawyer who heard the mention of KrisDelTM products)

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I couldn't agree more. Here is one I prepared earlier. Fascinating critters.

Golden Orb spider.

She is the boss and the male is very small. Not much larger than one of the yellow knee joints really. No, being a male around her is not much fun. We eat the legs, one at a time. Very nourishing and full of trace elements. We can only have seven and after the last one she falls down.

Yep, I can lie quicker than others can think, Ky.

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Blimey - archaeology and arachnology combined!

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Sorry John, but were does archeology come in here. I am for sure missing something. Please explain, thanks, Ky.

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Digging in CR4 - the post you initially replied to is datad 11/20/2007.

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Right. Were is Del's post that got me here? I found a new spider in the garden near the pond. I'll take some shots tomorrow. She's a beauty.

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07/24/2010 6:41 PM

Sometimes, revisiting old threads is a joy....

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Re: Spiders Do Not Like Conkers

07/24/2010 8:42 PM

Lovely to hear from you again. Wear yew bean?

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Re: Spiders Do Not Like Conkers

11/21/2007 7:49 AM

We are contemplating the enemy. Exactly what evolutionary advantage this thing has by having a head for a bottom I don't know. 'KrisDel Products don't make spider killers (yet), but if we did they'd be'.........The ethics committee is being summoned . Children could be enslaved and dispatched to gather conkers. Shells could be air-mailed world-wide. How much will people pay ? Our costs would be minimal, and the kids would have hours of useful exercise gathering raw material. P&P will of course vary.

<I apologise to Carlesburg for this shameless pilfering of an advertising line. Spider entrapment is being considered.>

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Re: Please know your limits

11/21/2007 12:43 PM

I dare to differ!

You, being a first class skwerel, are very good at finding nuts. You should therefor doing the nut finding and not pass the buck and employ children.

You are not very clever, as your question about evolutionary advantages prove, as these are two mating dragonflies, namely the common Sympetrum dragonfly. Please leave the inteligent stuff to others so that we can have a smooth running little enterprise here instead of the shambles we got when you were in charge of the bath breaking.

I am available but I am not cheap, I give you a few hours to discuss this with your more inteligent partner, Del. Offers for employment in my mailbox please no later than 20:30 tonight.

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11/21/2007 1:13 PM

It is just one dragonfly. Honest. Would I fib ? My nuts are not subject to negotiation, and as for Del being more intelligent, why does it take several minutes every morning for him to wake up ? Oh, bugger. I just knew I should use the spill chucker. Do you charge by the hour or is it piece work ? The cat is probably ******g in my boots as I type. I'm seriously unqualified for this thread. Hang on, you changed the title ! Admirable - you must have been an accountant at some stage in life.

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11/21/2007 1:47 PM

If you EVER call me an accountant again I will have to come and check your books. I hate accountants, if there is any accountants in this thread please say so now and I am gone.

I work for hours and do a lot of pieces in those hours. I said OFFER, not some feeble attempt to see what you can get away with

Anyway, I am not available anymore, Mrs pyramid just came home and needs me. Oh shit, its only to carry the shopping, darn.

Sorry , have to go and ride the enamel pony, nice expression that.

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Re: You found me out

11/21/2007 1:54 PM

At least you have an enamel pony ! As you well know, my enamelled chum has just bit the dust. His ceramic friend is beeing 'eyed' with intent. Shall I save it for X-mas or just 'go for it' ? One day I'll go completely potty.

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Re: Don't explode like the dragon with no arse.

11/21/2007 2:06 PM

If I had known I could have sold you this one I have just sold on E-bay.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=230183584755&ssPageName=STRK:MESO:IT&ih=013

That would have solved your problems.

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Re: That would be a 'dagon' then !

11/21/2007 4:35 PM

On e-bay, how do you know I didn't but it ? Right this very moment I could be sitting astride the pony.

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Re: what about feedback?

11/21/2007 4:47 PM

That is ok then, you seem to have no arse left to get caught in that cracked plastic lid of that porta potti.

Plastic pony has not got the same "ring" to it somehow!

Urban dictionary says the following:

"He must have been riding the brown plastic pony, means:

Using cough syrup that contains Dextromethorphan to get high.

"That guy was going on about the secret meaning of Xenogears...he must have been riding the brown plastic pony!"

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Re: You found me out

11/22/2007 1:33 AM

Does "completely potty" mean you'll finally take a crap that is a singular crap and you'll get it all out at once?

My advice is less Beef Wellington, and more salad!!!

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