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06-05-1999, 10:40 PM
Every 3 years or so my domicile experiences a mild infestation of small black spiders (w/a little spot of color (greyish) on their backs). Myself and other occassional denizens of the joint have noticed that these little critters pass us in the air w/the appearance that they have jumped from the roof or the balcony or whatever (only happens outside) w/the intention of landing on us and have just barely missed. Now I've seen lots of other spiders descending from somewhere on a thread, but these guys have no thread going - they're in free fall.

So, the question is, are there some spiders out there who really are targeting us humans and pounce from above, or are my friends and I just miscontruing some other aspect of certain spiders' behavior?

06-05-1999, 10:49 PM
Uhh... what have you guys been smoking?

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06-06-1999, 01:24 AM
You sure that they aren't ballooning? Young spiders leaving the nest cast out just enoughthread for the wind to lift them into the air (in the fashion of a cartoon having a kite lift a small child). They're just trying to leave home.
If they have large heads and short- to medium-length legs, they are probably jumping spiders (my favorites) and you can often find their cousins patrolling the screens in your doors and windows during the summer.

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06-06-1999, 06:23 AM
- - - Kinda off topic - ticks will climb bluffs and jump onto you from above. They only do it part of the year, and they don't seem to climb trees. Somebody told me this but I didn't believe it until I saw it myself. There was lots and lots of them, but they don't aim well. It sounded like light rain on a sunny day. Everybody present panicked and ran like hell; there are some things life just can't prepare you for. - MC