Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Meet Wolfie! How I used Hollywood, Reddit.com, and a little bit of MacGuyver's skills to capture this near 4" essence of many nightmares
I'm about to embark on a journey detailing how I captured this near four inch Wolf Spider. I named her Wolfie, and this isn't the first time I've seen her this month. I took some pictures of her nearly three weeks ago, and had my friends at Reddit.com help me identify her. She got away and left her hatched babies behind, so I took care of them with a little pot of boiling water. See the old pics here -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/kmartburrito/sets/72157622001623595/
Well, three weeks later, she's back with a new egg sac and a twinkle of revenge in her eyes.
I used a little bit of Hollywood ingenuity, had a laugh for my friends over at Reddit.com, and got Wolfie settled into her new home, while she cares for her babies.
In this first pic, Wolfie is crouching, ready to attack me as I let our dog Maya out to do her business. My wife Jenn nearly became Wolfie's first human dinner (that we know of) letting Maya back into the house. After her screams of terror subsided, I formulated my plan on how to capture her for good this time. I have a huge amount of respect for a spider that can grow to this size.
As if straight out of the movie Apollo 13, I knew what I had to do. Time to put my MacGuyver skills to work. I knew dropping her into her new home would be a little difficult, so I aimed to make myself some more elbow room.
It wouldn't be nice of me to put Wolfie in her new home unfurnished!
Now she's ready to go, I've got the top of the peanut can off, and a thick pamphlet to keep her inside until I can pull it out from under her.
She's testing out her new furniture, and I'm not sure she's totally liking it yet, but in due time.
Wolfie is clearly trying to give me a kiss in this photo. You can see my Sprint Touch Pro to the right of her house, for a gauge of the pure size of her.
That's better! Say goodbye Wolfie!