From Arachnophobia to Arachnophilia?

The Los Angeles Natural History Museum has a new take on the butterfly pavilion, instead operating a spider pavilion, where guests can walk through an open-air space to get nice and cozy with, and hopefully challenge, their arachnophobia. Right now, the spider pavilion has some of the largest orb weavers in the world, several native species to the region, tarantulas, jumping spiders and wolf spiders. “The purpose of the pavilion is to bring people closer to understanding just how interesting spiders are and their importance in the landscape,” Urban said. She also noted that spiders have made great advances in silk production, something scientists are studying and learning to mimic to create better, stronger and lighter products for human use.

If you find the orb weavers impressive (or spine-tingling), you can find even bigger arachnids around the world. Here is one place to see one of the biggest:

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Giant Huntsman – Heteropoda maxima (Laos)

 

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I'm sorry but this attraction is not going on my bucket list!

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-see-worlds-biggest-spiders-180960938/#K6rmR4EFiLLhWppU.99

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Comments (37)

  1. noahbody

    LOL! Nor mine….

    October 31, 2016
    1. SEC

      LoL yup with you all the way there

      October 31, 2016
  2. Munkyman

    Yeah, no.

    October 31, 2016
    1. SEC

      that makes three votes no

      October 31, 2016
      1. Munkyman

        When I encounter them outside, I try to respect their habitat.
        When they come inside I kill them.
        I have no need to go where they’ve been collected specifically to crawl on people.
        I’m spider neutral, I appreciate a good web when I see it covered in morning dew.
        I prefer fish for such exhibits. The NE Aquarium has a really cool place where you can interact with penguins by reservation & handle starfish pretty much anytime.

        October 31, 2016
        1. SEC

          the Inner Harbor Aquarium is fairly good if I remember correctly

          October 31, 2016
          1. Munkyman

            You mean Baltimore? It’s kind of sad, especially the sharks, I’m sure it was state of the art in the 70’s.

            October 31, 2016
            1. SEC

              then it has gone down hill from the 80’s when I visited it

              October 31, 2016
            2. Munkyman

              oh yeah, I hear they did a remodel since I was last there. When I went the shark exhibit looked like a prison for fish it was just sad.

              October 31, 2016
          2. Munkyman

            http://www.neaq.org/?gclid=CPXA-c-bhtACFctbhgodQeoI3A

            October 31, 2016
  3. TomasSISI

    that big fellow (pictured) came into my room last week. I stepped on him and he made a loud POP like a miniature bomb exploding, brought to mind that BBC series “Danger UXB.” I don’t think I’ll ever open that window again.

    November 01, 2016
    1. SEC

      I wouldn’t recommend opening that window either

      November 01, 2016
  4. Bettymom

    Hubby carefully picks up any who get inside and takes them outside again, trying not to injure them in any way. If I happen to see them first, they’re toast.

    November 01, 2016
    1. SEC

      Is it a race to see who gets there first if you spot it at the same time?

      November 01, 2016
      1. Bettymom

        No, because I never mention my spider-stomping activities to Hubby.

        November 01, 2016
  5. fierylady

    Our butterfly pavilion has a tarantula……I stay far away!

    November 01, 2016
    1. SEC

      I would too

      November 01, 2016
  6. rebecca2013

    November 01, 2016
    1. SEC

      don’t slow down I’m right behind you

      November 01, 2016
      1. rebecca2013

        eeeek (I hate spiders)

        November 02, 2016
        1. SEC

          can’t say I’m overly fond of those creatures either

          November 02, 2016
          1. rebecca2013

            Before we bivouac……

            November 02, 2016
            1. Walkaboutman

              Lmao bec

              November 02, 2016
  7. wonderwall79

    Yes I’ve heard of stories from my police mate in Aussie, he was sleeping and thought his wife was tickling his leg, she said no it’s not me, he put it down to leg hairs just twitching, when it happened a second time yep he knew something sinister was in the bed !!!!!!!
    Yep so he just started punching his blanket and yep when he pulled back his sheets you guessed it a dead bloody huntsmen with legs like twigs he said
    Hahahahahahahhahah that’s why I’ve never been to Aussie, they can keep their spiders, snakes, crocodiles,
    I thank good New Zealand for we only have a wild pig in the bush haha

    November 02, 2016
    1. SEC

      nice, how long did it take him to get back to sleep?

      November 02, 2016
      1. wonderwall79

        Haha exactly

        November 02, 2016
        1. SEC

          I know I’d have a very nasty case of insomnia

          November 02, 2016
  8. Nightbane

    while there are a few truly toxic spiders int he world ( not unlike a few people I might name ) they are , rgardless of toxicity, a benefical species. spiders tend to eat mosquitos ( Zika, West Nile, Eastern Encephalitis, malaria,) flies ( purely nasty and too many diseases to name here, ) and other stining, biting pests so plague and caus plagues among our kind.
    I commend the Los Angeles Natural History Museum for their efforts to show arachnids ( whicnh are NOT incest ) in more reasonable and reasoned manner and yourself for bringing this to our attention.

    November 02, 2016
    1. SEC

      Oh I do love your typos Milor. I understand their value as insectivores they can still jangle my nerves.

      November 02, 2016
      1. Nightbane

        Bloody hell…only proves me The absolute Diety of Tyypo!
        Good one, no?
        Psst… wish Cookie Monster a happy birthday, he’s 46

        November 03, 2016
        1. SEC

          typo had me giggling for quite some time. Me likes Cookie

          November 03, 2016
          1. Nightbane

            Made me laugh. I hadbnt’ noticed it when relyping, too bloody knackered to proof read .
            Insects, even.

            November 04, 2016
            1. SEC

              it do add to the adventure. Having sleep problems again?

              November 06, 2016
          2. Nightbane

            i never have a good time sleeping. been dealing with results of other’s bad plumbing. Bathroom is gutted and just dry, wall backing on guest room is stripped to the framing, same with wall backing on hall. Bloody awful mess.
            I get to paint it when done.
            ~
            It keeps me from trouble and gives me summat to do when being particulalry insomniac.

            November 07, 2016
            1. SEC

              how nice that provisions were made to keep you out of mischief while insomniac

              November 07, 2016
          3. Nightbane

            Especially nice as I enjoy painting after renovations

            November 08, 2016
            1. SEC

              hmmm brings out the artist in you

              November 09, 2016