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a few money-saving tips for millennials

-Instead of buying coffee each morning, make your own at home before you leave for work. Those dark roasts really add up! Buy just one drink per week and make it a special occasion to savor and look forward to.

-Stop costly ‘vampire power’ drains by unplugging appliances when not in use. Use power trips when possible for east turn-offs and avoid plugging things into the wall.

-Employ the ‘30 day rule’. If you want to make a purchase, put it back and wait a month—if the urge to buy it has passed, it probably wasn’t worth it.

-Use grocery lists and stick to them.

-Prepare your own meals whenever possible instead of going out to eat—and host your friends at home!

-Cancel unused gym memberships and automatic subscriptions.

-Learn how to sew and cut your own hair. This saves a buttload if money if you’re not replacing new clothes or going to expensive trips to the salon.

-Use poison-testers efficiently. Paying someone to test your food for you can provide peace of mind and a sense of security, but it’s an expensive service, especially if you have many determined enemies! Buy, store, and prepare your own food in a room only you have access to, vary your diet, eat unpredictably, and you will only need to employ a poison tester for special occasions, like weddings or diplomatic missions.

-Learn to enjoy cold showers! Not only do they build character and increase endurance, but they’re good for the skin—and cut on electricity costs!

-Sell your guns! Bullets are expensive and extremely difficult to make, and subject to legal restrictions. In contrast, a good sword and a whetstone can last generations with proper care and be repaired with comparative ease. If ranged attacks are important to your home defense system, arrows are reusable and easy to make. Watch free YouTube tutorials instead of attending a class.

-Coupons, coupons, coupons!

-Dogs are high-maintenance, expensive, and can be difficult to train. They need high levels of attention and are vulnerable to bribery and treachery—even a dog that’s aggressive towards strangers can usually be thwarted with food or a familiar face. Spiders, on the other hand, are exceptionally low-maintenance, can go days or weeks without feeding, and can act as pest control. Allowing large, recognizable spiders to build webs over windows and door frames inside your home will serve as a strong deterrent to most intruders, and broken webs can act as warning clues that something is amiss.

-Quality over quantity. It’s fair cheaper to buy one pair of high-quality $300 shoes that will last you a decade than to buy thirty pairs of $30 shoes that fall apart after a few months.

-Make your own gifts to give to friends and family. Picking up an artistic craft or hobby may seem superficially worthless, but the social obligation to give expensive presents is a major money-suck. Your loved ones will appreciate the handcrafted, personal quality of your gifts—and customizing them will allow you to create secret compartments in which to hide listening devices, illicit materials, and/or coded messages.

-Only use ATMs affiliated with your own bank to cut withdrawal fees.

-Get a library card and USE it! You can rent books, movies, music, and more from your local library for a fraction of the cost of using other services.

-Grow your own garden. Getting down on your knees in the dirt is great for stress-relief, and being able to grow and manufacture your own poisons eliminates the difficulty and expense of finding a trustworthy supplier. 

are we not going to acknowledge the poison-tester part bc i dont think im a part of the people that worry about that kind of thing

Look, it’s great if you CAN afford a poison-tester for every single meal, but some of us have to make the budget stretch. I know “just eliminate your enemies” sounds like a good plan, but in practice it just begats more enemies. 

(Trade secret: poison-testers will occasionally work for free, provided they’re hungry enough.)

Are we going to ignore that they suggested just letting a spider live there, rent-free? I don’t know about you, but that won’t fly in my household.

It won’t fly in your household because the spider will catch it. There won’t be any flies in your household if you listen to my wisdom. 

You would say no to this face???


Pantropical jumping spider (male)


What’s this? A sexy lady? *he approaches seductively*

(she wasn’t interested)

August 16, 2019


A good day for the back yard! Very cute jumping spider on my window

Phidippus arizonensis, a plump lady from November 2016

Reposted July 7, 2019


lucky says gay rights 💕

This Bold Jumper has been living in my house ever since she ran inside with a moth she caught on my back door. For a while, she was hiding behind a bookcase, but then she spent a couple days wandering around the ceiling before finally coming down into the curtains. Not sure she’s finding too much, I need to start turning on the UV porch light again and letting in more caddisflies!

May 27, 2019

Bold Jumper lady was peeping in my window yesterday.

March 29, 2019


have you ever seen a woman so beautiful you just started crying

i know it sounds weird but I once saw this

(Nephila clavipes, Florida, 12/26/18)

She’s perfect I’m crying too


A good day for the back yard! Very cute jumping spider on my window

I love her

From Nov 2016 / Reblog Dec 16, 2018


pepper tries to woo peach…..bonus episode

highlights include peach’s “….anyway” and pepper looking to me for moral support.

Reminds my of my suave Plexippus paykulli

Amazing that they still manage to make babies every year!

September 15, 2018

A friendly crab spider ❤️

August 26, 2018


Reminder that spiders are complex and cool, even if you don’t want them near you.

(You should also google stabilimentum designs. They’re pretty wild.)

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These are great drawings of the different types of spider webs! I’ve been lucky enough to see lots of exciting webs when I’ve been out running around outside. Here are some real life examples of the webs described above

Orb Webs

Some orb webs are your standard issue circles on spokes designs. Above left: spinybacked orbweaver in the process of making her web. Above right: Orchard orbweaver hanging out in the center of her web. 

Some orb weavers like to add a little spice to their webs. These are examples of circular stabilimentum. The stabilimentum can be large or small! Above left: featherlegged orbweaver Above right: lined orbweaver.

Probably the most noted examples of stabilimentum are made by garden spiders in the Argiope genus. Both photos above are of the yellow garden spider (Argiope aurantia). Left: adult with the typical zig-zag pattern. Right: juvenile with the semi-circular/linear combo pattern.

And before you start thinking that all orbweavers make flat webs, let me introduce you to the basilica orbweaver, who makes my absolute favorite web ever. It’s so complex, it’s hard to even photograph it in a way that does it justice. The “orb” part of the web is a cross-hatched dome, which occupies the center of a hour-glass shaped cobweb-like tangle. When the female lays an egg, she will suspend it from a “tightrope” line that goes across the hourglass, above the top of the web dome. The eggs are placed on this line above the peak of the dome. When Hurricane Harvey came through last year, it destroyed this beautiful web 🙁 BUT that little tightrope with the egg? It’s still there over a year later. Spider silk is STRONG!

Funnel Webs

So beautiful! I don’t know if I’ve ever actually seen the spider who makes these, so I don’t really have much else to contribute. These are beautiful works of art.

Cob/Tangle Webs

It can be pretty hard to photograph cobwebs, because they are so “messy.” Lots of very interesting spiders make cobwebs. You are familiar with the widow spiders, but there are lots of other great cobweb spiders, too! Some of my favorites are the kleptoparasites (top left is a Neospintharus sp.). These tiny spiders will hang out in the webs of other spiders, and steal the smaller bugs that end up caught in the web. I found them in the basilica orbweaver web, and in the black window web I had. I don’t have IDs for the other two spiders (center and right).

Sheet Webs

I don’t have an ID for this web either, but sheet webs are made by spiders in the same superfamily as wolf spiders. The wolf spiders I’ve typically seen are happy enough running around, except, this one:

This is a wolf spider, in a tunnel web. I suppose you could argue that a tunnel is just a sheet web rolled up. When I touched the web on the edge of the tunnel, the spider would pop out like this until she caught on that we weren’t food.

You may be thinking, wait, isn’t that a trapdoor spider? Nope! She’s a wolf spider, for sure. Her eye pattern matches wolf spiders. And trapdoor spiders aren’t even in the same suborder as wolf spiders and other “true spiders.” Trapdoor spiders are in the suborder Mygalomorphae. Which brings me to…

Not Really Webs but Still Neat and Worth Mentioning

All the other webs in this post were photographed in Texas. This is the exception. I found this empty trapdoor-lair outside my cabin in Liwonde National Park in Malawi. Other spiders in this suborder include tarantulas–which I have seen in Texas. We do have trapdoor spiders here, but I’ve never been lucky enough to see one.


Also not a “web” but I love these. This is a longlegged sac spider (genus Cheiracanthium). I have seen them sew together long blades of grass to make a little home. They will also make dense mats of silk (sacs, I suppose) to nestle into nooks and crannies, like the lid of one of my caterpillar enclosures.  So cute!

Posted August 17, 2018