The Sowbug Killer Spider - A Six-Eyed Freak


OK, I admit it- in the following photo- I'm hiding my face in shame. I'm different than the other spiders. It all started in kindergarten. . .

"Na hah!" the other spiders said as they gleefully taunted me. "You only have six eyes! Six eyes! Six eyes! Shepherd Sam only has six eyes!" And it was true. While other spiders typically have eight eyes, my species has six. My family and I are freaks of nature. So we became hostile. . .

We may not have as many eyes as the other spiders- but, my, we have some giant fangs. And we love nothing more than to take it out on our favorite meal- the Sowbug (or Rolly Polly- as the Southeners call them). The Sowbug tries to curl into a ball to protect itself from us. Yeah right- as if that will protect him from our crushing fangs. And Sowbugs do not taste like chicken- they are a crustacean- they taste more like lobster. Thus we have garnered the common name of "The Sowbug Killer". But, I'm more partial to my scientific name: Dysdera crocata- crocata is Greek for 'Hard to fight against.' If anyone calls me "ole six eyes" again, they'll find out what crocata means!

Bugguide.net has a great photo of this spider's fangs. If you ask me, it's over compensating for its lack of eyes. . .

12 comments:

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Great photo and post. I have a spider phobia. Perhaps visiting here will cure me of that.

JJ :D

Chris said...

I will never make fun of a 6 eyed spider, that's for sure! Cute post :)

Lynda Lehmann said...

well, somefang is sure wrong with THIS arachnid!

i looked at the enlarged photo--some choppers!

interesting stuff...and i like your sense of humor.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Neat photo and awesome spider, Daniel. I've never seen one before - fascinating! Not everyone is enamored with spiders but they're so necessary. Great post!

Anonymous said...

Wow, we foun one of these in our house and we were so scared of it, we thought it was poisonous. If we didn't know what it was, we could've killed it. We let it go after reading this though. Our gardens are overrun with sowbugs.

Anonymous said...

I was trying to figure out what i found in my front yard and this is it!!! thank you for the picture.
This is the first time i see a spider like this, the red is so bright!!

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness someone finally solved this mystery for me. I have a spider phobia & these fellas keep popping up inside my home, creeping me out terribly! At least I now know that it's not poisonous!

Anonymous said...

Thanks I hate spiders. However This one will be set free in the morning since it is harmless. Very good site and pics.

Anonymous said...

nice me and my friend found 6 egg sacs of these spiders the moms were inside it protecting it and we didnt even know and my friend picked it with his bare hands i anted to kno r these posionous ppl say they rnt but there bright so idk r they lease respawn me at my email its rikkc@msn.com ty

Anonymous said...

TRYING TO FIND OUT WTF THIS THING IS JUST CAUGHT 1 IN MY B ROOM

Margaret said...

My daughter just found one of these under a rock in our back yard, here in Garland, Texas. She was upset because she thought it was trying to eat slugs which she is fond of....and she was not any happier to hear it was after her beloved rolly-polies!

CinciNature.com said...

This is by far my Favorite Spider. I find them around my place all time. I do find something offputting about the color of their abdomens though. It almost looks puss filled.