Spider Awards and Comments
Since I started this site in 1996, I have had a lot of comments and early on, awards from various places, of which I was understandably quite proud. So I thought they were worth keeping in the new site, even though the latest one is 5 years old. I will add any new ones I receive if people like the new site.
Review from Atlas of Living Australia. "A website where you'll find a huge amount of information and pictures about spiders - from the deadliest funnel web spider to the harmless garden orb weaver."
28 December, 2014:
Thank you for existing. Perhaps that seems a little dramatic, but as a woman who grew up with a father who was a founder of a local natural science museum and who brought her up loving so many wonderful creatures... her own personality quirks leading her to especially love spiders... I can promise that loving spiders is not something that leads to finding many kindrid spirits. And all the awful misconceptions and misinformation! It's so maddening! So, yes, thank you... just thank you for being a voice of reason in a crazy world.
7 September, 2014:
Love your website. You do a great public service and a great service to spiders of the world. I find the little guys creepy, kind of disgusting but absolutely fascinating. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. -Danny
28 May, 2013:
I just wanted to do a quick shout out and say "Thank you! I love spiders." But being as I travel a lot, I sometimes come across some ones I do not know Ii I can live with lol . And the past 2 new places I have been I have found exactly what I am looking for within a few minutes of being on the site! And I Love how if you are not Immediately sure you at least narrow it down for further personal research! Thank you! It has made being in other countries a little easier!
20 August 2012:
At the age of 47, my husband and myself – both city dwellers - made the radical decision to move to a rural area and build an environmentally responsible and self-sufficient lifestyle. When we told out plans to friends and family, they warned us about the big things: bears, coyotes, rattlesnakes. We educated ourselves and felt very much prepared by the time we moved to a 1,000 sq ft home in the middle of the forest, just outside of Waleska, GA. No one told us about the bugs, and the spiders. We were SO NOT prepared for either the variety, or the sheer numbers of creepy crawlies that we found ourselves sharing a homestead with! After the initial shock, we girded ourselves and, (resisting the urge to wage all-out chemical warfare) decided that we weren’t going to let a bunch of bugs and spiders stop us from living our dream. We would be just as responsible about the small critters and we were with the large ones. Your website, Spiderzrule, has been a huge source of information and, frankly, COMFORT as we face each new spider and have to make the decision of what to do with it. From screaming in terror, throwing my coffee cup in the air and shouting for my husband to “Kill the damn thing!” the first time I encountered a hobo spider, we’ve actually come a long way. We know most of the common spiders on sight, and we know which ones are actually dangerous, which ones just need to be avoided (like the hobo) and which ones to just move or ignore altogether. We’ve even started enjoying seeing some of our colorful eight-legged friends and frequently take pictures of the prettiest ones, and the most unique webs we find. Spiderzrule went a long way toward enabling us to come to peace with the spiders we encounter every day and we are sincerely grateful! Thank you Spiderzrule!
22 June, 2012:
Hi I just wanted to let you know how helpful your website was for me. I live in Florida and have 2 dogs and 2 cats and always get worried about the different types of spiders I find in the house and out side. Just wanted to say THANK YOU GREAT JOB. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. SKYY
11 March, 2012:
I just wanted to drop you a note of thanks for your very informative and interesting website. Too often, the only reliable source of information is boringly scientific. I'm glad there are people like you who collect and share information about creatures that many people consider insignificant or simply creatures to be crushed. It's funny that you mentioned Jumping Spiders as having personalities. My husband thought I was more than a little bit strange for thinking that about one who had inhabited our home.Again, thanks for providing so much interesting and helpful information..Please keep up the good work!
Just wanted to drop you a line and tell you that your site ROCKS!!! There is nothing on the web that can compare to yours- great job and thank-you for this is both educational, interesting and amazing. The more I learn about spiders, the deeper my respect is.
Hello Glen,I am the Head of Film Research at Darlow Smithson Productions in London. We have been re-commissioned to produce another series for Discovery, that dramatises a series of real life infestations and how they affect citizens in the US. "INFESTED" for which we have shot all of the drama and some of the animals involved however we now need context, stock shots, and news stories for the edit. One of our stories involves recluse spiders and our drama recon requires us to tell the story of one of interviewees seeking help from a site such as yours. We will need to have the site up on a screen and pan over the page. We have clearance from Dale Losher to show his images but need them on a site. I doubt we will run over any of the other material but maybe the text at the top of this page. It would be for about 5 secs in the final programme. We are doing the same with many other sites for other critters and all are allowing this for free. We would need a World, all media, 10 year license to do this. Would you agree to this? http://www.spiderzrule.com/reclusebiteleg.htm
I look forward to your reply.
Paul Gardner Head of Archive Research
Darlow Smithson Productions Ltd.
1st Floor, Shepherds Building Central,
+44 (0) 7958 462 848
Congratulations! "Spiderz Rule" was reviewed in my "Surfing the Net with Kids" newspaper column on 05/18/2011. "Surfing the Net with Kids" is syndicated nationally and appears in many papers across the U.S. including San Diego Union-Tribune and The Boston Globe. To find the review in my online archive, search for the Spiders column at: http://www.surfnetkids.com
Reply: If anyone has any stories about infestations please email me and I'll put you in touch with Tom!
"Several families of hunting spiders, such as jumping spiders and wolf spiders, have fair to excelledn vision. The main pair of eyes in jumping spiders even see in color." Australian teacher and webmaster Glenda Crew publishes the huge SpiderzRule site that is chock full of spider facts, photos, spider bite first aid, spider Q&A, poems, stories submitted by children, art projects, and even recipes (for chocolate spiders and cookie spiders). For classroom activites and printable worksheets, look in the left hand menu for Spider Lessons.
Hi Glen, I work for a TV company in the UK that produces a series called Infested for Animal Planet. The show tells the stories of people who’ve been overrun by insects, arachnids, rodents, and anything else that might invade a home. We’ve done a couple of stories on Brown Recluse spiders and in searching for more I came across your awesome website. I’m really just writing to ask if you’ve been told of any bad spider infestations and whether you’d be interested in telling me about them. The show itself is a mix of interviews with people who’ve suffered infestations (sometimes alongside the pest controllers who fix the problem) combined with drama reconstructions, so we always need to talk to the real people involved. Though it’s an American show with mostly American stories (even though we’re a British company) we’d be very interested in stories from Australia too. I’d be very glad to give you a call, though the time difference can be a bit difficult! Thanks for any help you can give me, Tom
Hi, I wanted to provide some feedback on your page http://www.mypetzrule.com/questions.htm
I'm not sure if you are the correct person to contact but I wanted to let you know that as someone putting together some spider resources for my students, your page was really helpful.
Thanks! I also wanted to suggest another addition for your resource list: http://www.guardianinsurance.com.au/ArticleLibrary/Spiders-of-Australia.aspx A colleague of mine pointed it out to me, I found it to be great and thought it might make a nice addition to your page. Take Care, Megan
*A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others* ~Author Unknown
Thanks for a great, informative web site. I am a science teacher in Belgrade, Montana and am in the midst of a unit on spiders. I got the idea from this website. I am amazed at the interest it has sparked in my students. Kids who last week groaned and complained at the thought of studying spiders are now rushing into class to check on their spiders. I have learned so much in preparation and also from their questions. We have nearly 80 spiders (not bad considering we had early freezing temps and snow a week before I asked them to start collecting!). I am still all warm and fuzzy over hearing the squeal of delight from a 12 year old girl when her jumping spider took down a fruit fly that was half again the size of the spider... awesome science! Keep spreading the word for the arachnids.... Sarah
Hallo, In 2005, after a visit to Sydney, I looked up Australian Spiders on the Internet and found a very keen enterprising teacher in a school somewhere on the N.S.W./Queensland border. WAS THAT YOU? Having retired from teaching in U.K. I was very impressed and envious and received useful information. Recently an Australian friend was able to find me via your website and to my amazement I have just found myself on your site 4 years later. The reason that I touched a Funnel Web was because we thought that it had drowned in the pool and so had taken it out and put it in a jar of water overnight, not knowing that Funnel webs can shut down in water . I tipped it into a basin so that I could take a photo and one of it`s legs needed a slight adjustment so I moved it with my finger. Once we realised that it was alive, we took it into the Kurangai Valley and released it. Regarding getting rid of spiders in countries where they do not pose a threat, why not leave them or at least remove them gently? A brilliant book on Spiders is the following if it is still available in second hand shops or privately. THE SPIDER. By John Crompton. Published by Collins, St. James Place, London. 1950 There is no ISBN number. A brilliant web page.Many thanks. Jo. U.K.
I'm afraid of spiders, like many other people. I enjoyed your website, and was amazed at the many pictures taken by others across the country. I live in El Paso, tx, and we surprisingly don't see very many spiders. I met a child of the earth spider(solugupid) for the first time at my father's ranch. Intrigued by the arachnid, I searched for pics and info on the spider. Eventually, I encountered your site, and after finding out all I could about solugupids, I reveled in the glory of your site. Continue your searching,Thanks for the info! Buddy
I just wanted to say you have a wonderful website. I live in Kentucky and am always worried about running across a Brown recluse cause I never new what they looked like. But thanks to your website I now do. Just wanted to thanks for posting this information for people to see and learn about spiders.Thanks, April from Kentucky.
Hi, Glen! I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your website! I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I have a horrible fear of spiders. Lizards, snakes, rats -- no problem. Spiders, though, tend to give me the willies. All the same, I love going to your website, reading up on different spiders, and seeing all the pictures of different spiders from all over the world. It's very educational and has helped me to identify some of the eight-legged critters I've encountered on my own. :) Please keep it up. I feel like it helps me to get to know spiders better and (hopefully) lessen my fear of them.Thanks! - Katie
Hi, I just wanted to thank you for answering all of my questions about this fascinating spider I have been watching for weeks now. Jeffery (my son and I named him) seems to be a orb weaver. Every night he spins his web and every morning he takes it down. Last night I found my self putting on the porch light at about 4:00 am, because he did not catch anything yet. I was hoping this would help attract moths. My kids think I am nuts, but in all my years I never spent much time watching. I also want to thank you for letting me know that I should not put inside spiders outside. I never kill anything, I always scoop in a paper cup and place outside. They will stay indoors from now on. Thank you for a wonderful site, that every day people can understand.
To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Marielle and I am a producer with the Discovery Channel. I wanted to contact you regarding our brand new prime-time series, I Was Bitten. This is a science and medical based documentary show that features the effects of different types of bites, both venomous and non-venomous, on the human body. We feature experts on various creatures such as snakes, spiders, scorpions, sharks, and stingrays, in conjunction with victims who have unfortunately had a run in with a particular species and the doctors who treated them. Our goal is to find well-documented cases of individuals who were bitten and explain what happened to them physically, scientifically, and medically, using pictures and video to support the findings. I found an image on your website of a wolf spider bite to the arm, and I'm hoping you may be able to help me get in contact with the owner of said arm. Additionally, if you know of any other well-documented cases, we can offer compensation in return. Please feel free to call/email with any questions.
Hello, I am an Art Director in a design agency currently working on an animal book for Discovery Channel. A good image of the elusive recluse spider has proven to be difficult to find for a reasonable price. There are a number good photos of these spiders on your site; one in particular (see attached photo). How would I go about contacting the photographer for permission to use the images? Please advise.
You helped me identify a black and yellow Argiope living outside of my sister's apartment in Charlotte, North Carolina last October. While I am no fan of spiders --my much-kinder boyfriend is routinely called to remove them, which he does, gently, and releases them, while I would likely kill them somehow, so he's official House Spider Patrol-- I left the Argiope in her web outside of my sister's apartment and hoped the rednecks wouldn't get ahold of her so she could live her short life peacefully. I took several photos as she was so lovely. Your website helped me identify her so that I felt okay about leaving her alone. Paging through your site with my typical "I'm terrified of it so I have to find out as much about it as I can" interest, I have to commend you for the incredible amount of time and energy that must have gone into its creation! Teachers are not known for having vast amounts of free time and for you to spend yours providing such an incredible resource is so appreciated. I realize that it must be a labor of love, but it's just so remarkable. Thank you.
Hi Glen, First let me congratulate you with your web site. I think it is well put together with a large amount of information. A couple of interesting things which I have picked up is with regards to the bites and treatment of the bites. First the sac spider. Here in South Africa we have a sac spider (long legged sac spider) which accounts for 70-90% for all spider bites. The symptoms is similar to that of the violin spider and if you do not get the right treatment you end up with a nasty wound and scar. This is an aggressive spider and will attack at any opportunity.
See this link for more info: http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/arachnids/spiders/miturgidae/index.htm
There is also photos of properly treated sac and violin spider bites.
With regards to the Letrodectus species. We have a couple of species here. Most common is the industinctus (Black Button) and the Geometricus (brown button). Of the two the Black button is about 4 times more venomous than the brown.
In your note you mention the brown house spider as medically important. If my memory serves me right this is one of the American species. So in America brown is danger and here by us Black is dangerous one and brown the lesser dangerous one.
Thought I will share this with you.
Thanks again for the effort to share the information with us.
Also take a look at the above site for the six eye sand spider aka six eye crap spider. Probably our most dangerous spider. The venom is cytotoxic, but tends to spread and attack muscle and organs across the body.
Your site is very informative and has many interesting facts about spiders. We are proud to present you with our award. We have customized the award to include a spider. We hope you like it. Congratulations and well done on a superb site.
I just had to tell you what an excellent site you have! I am an exterminator and, of course, come across all kinds of insects and spiders daily. I carry a couple of books in my truck for identification but the species are limited. I recently had a customer catch and give me a spider for identification. It was almost exactly like the wolf spider pictured in my book....but....it was building some type of small web. I told the customer I would not identify it as a wolf because of the web and would have to look further. So, today I was researching this little fellow and easily identified him from your website as a grass spider/funnel weaver. I am pleased to say I was able to call the customer back and let him know exactly what type of spider he had and it was harmless (he was extremely concerned about it being poisonous until I was able to identify it). So thank you very much for both myself and my concerned customer!! I will be visiting your site frequently!!
Your site is absolutely fantastic! It has inspired students in which even those who were less inspired.. absolutely become reinspired to learn thanks to your site! As I've studied spiders and fed them while young.. to teach about them is amazing....all schools need this site for all students as it is the only site to which students were engaged 100 percent! This site makes life a wonder again for students and as for those spiders.....my two orb weavers I study at home are a wonder itself....one is getting so fat I feel she will be laying eggs soon....so when students are keeping spiders as a study...then the world is a better place.. what they fear becomes what they like and then love as they become attached to their own study. A deep thankyou for this site-you make a difference to children's lives, and in particular, to those who have seem to lost that spark....reignited.....its hard to fathom that a spider could do so much as to draw a child into the portal of wonder again! keep building up this site more and more...it may become the most famous on the net!!
Kindest regards Carolyn.
Thanks to all who sent in photos of Gasteracantha elipsoides. They helped us identify a spider that our mother found in her home in Poteet, Tx, just south of San Antonio, Tx. The spider really had us freaked out and we were glad to learn that it is not poisonous. This was a great science lesson for our kids. We saved the spider and now they can take it to their science teacher with the information they learned. It was a great visit to your website. Thanks!
Leslie, Diana,and Bertha
I've just spent way too much time perusing your site. It is absolutely amazing! I am a horticulturist at an estate garden in west central Georgia, and I encounter a variety of spiders on a daily basis. Fortunately over the years I've become very acclimated to their presence, and feel more fascination than fear when I encounter even large ones. Our greenhouses host several black and yellow argiopes every summer, and our staff has truly come to appreciate the importance of eight-legged predators in the hothouse food chain. Your site has been extremely helpful for identifying many of the spiders I encounter at work and at home. I don't kill spiders in my house. Instead, i catch them in some kind of container and release them outside. This is not only out of respect for the other creatures who are valuablre parts of the ecosystem, but also because my very superstitious Irish-immigrant grandfather drilled the following into me throughout my childhood: "If you expect to live and thrive, then let the spider walk alive."Thank you for the fantastic site; I have a feeling I will be a frequent visitor!
Charlotte M. Caldwell
HI! I am deathly afraid of spiders, but after looking at your site, I feel a little more comfortable looking at them. I really enjoy the identify part of the site. The pictures are awesome, and it gives me a chance to see what we have in Ontario! Nice work!!!
Web page creator:
A friend of mine was recently bitten by a brown recluse. And I have since then been looking for a photo of what the spider looks like, so that I would know to keep not only myself by my daughter away from it if I saw one. I did a Google search and came across your site.I found on your site MORE information than ANY other site, on not only the spider, but what the bite wound can look like as well. You actually had a few wound photos that were similar to what his leg wound looked like (NOT that big gaping surgery one though). I just wanted to tell you that I was/ am amazed and delighted at the time, effort, and DETAIL you took in putting together this website. Most of the pictures of the spiders were enough to make me cringe so that I most likely will NOT sleep tonight. (they were worse than the bite pictures!!! lol!!)I feel so much more educated on the spiders that I will find in my area, and how to tell the difference between the common southern house spider and the brown recluse (as I have both in my home). You should feel VERY PROUD of the work you did on this site. Thanks for providing me with the information you did!Sincerely
Great site, I wish I had you as a teacher! LOL I was bitten recently and it was an experience, I got cellulitis which is just now healing. I am 25 and this was definitely a lesson for me. Your site has taught me more in a few minutes than I would expect to learn in a year, Thank you, Crista
Hi, My name is Jon Wellner and I am a researcher for the television program CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The CBS drama follows the adventures of a team of criminalists in Las Vegas, Nevada. It airs Thursday evenings at 9:00pm.
I am contacting you in regards to some questions that our writers have about spiders. Specifically, when a spider bites you when you're sleeping, are they drinking your blood like a mosquito? Why do you get a red bump? Why does the spider attack you? How does it find you? I understand why a spider kills a fly, but why do they attack humans. Finally, are there any venous spiders that actively seek out their prey?
While CSI is fictitious, we pride ourselves on being as accurate as possible with scientific matters. We rely on professionals such as yourself to maintain this accuracy.
Thank you for any help you can provide.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Thank you for helping us prepare for the opening of Masters of the Web, the newspider exhibit at Woodland Park Zoo. It's not easy to photograph wildlife so small,quick, rare, or reclusive. Such skill requires patience, knowledge, keen observation,and time: all of which you provided free of charge. Please know that the strength ofyour work has increased the visibility of spiders, their diversity, beauty and ecological roles. We feel this is a major step in changing fear into curiosity - and ultimately, conservation. Woodland Park Zoo is a conservation and education institution demonstrating the value, beauty and interdependence of all living things.
Sincerely, Anastasia Gianas
Dear Students, I was looking up information on a picture I was sent via email. I found your site with the exact picture and some information that proved to be more correct than that which came with the email. It was the photo of the wind scorpion held by the US soldiers. I enjoyed your site immensely and plan to come back at have a good look at a later date. I will also pass it on to my young friends as a great reference site for spiders. I also enjoyed looking at the photos sent in from other countries and the stories with them. Excellent work and planning of your web site. You have all done an excellent job.
I am collecting images of spiders for Masters of the Web, the new spider exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo in the States. Would you be interested in submitting any images? Thank you,
Woodland Park Zoo
Your Spider site has been reviewed and chosen to bear the 2003-2004 Golden Web Award.
Hi,Hi, I just ran across the spider site you maintain and I had to write and tell you how much I loved it!!! Being an avid "Spider Lover" I can appreciate all the work and fascinating information it provides!!! GREAT JOB!!! I'll be back for more soon!!!
Warmest regards from the States,
((o)) Lee Ann Combs((O))
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Hi there,I have just spent a very happy and interesting hour reading about your spider keeping, I am from the UK and just chanced upon the site whilst looking for a picture of a 'Black Widow' I have learnt so much I didn't know before, coming from England we get the misguided view that the 'Black Widow' or the 'Red-Back' are very aggressive large spiders and kill you at will and in an instant!!! so it was wonderful to read about children catching them at the bus stop and taking them to school it definitely dispelled a few myths for me, I don't often email sites but I had to congratulate you and the children on the wonderful work! I hope to travel to Sydney next year and I now know that the 'Funnel Web' is the chap to look out for!!! incidentally we do have some large spiders in the UK but of course they are harmless and not nearly as interesting as yours, thanks again
Very good website, the kids did an excellent job! It was also very useful to me for some school work I was doing regarding the Daddy Long Legs urban myth. Thanks! Also, I don't know if you guys realize, but your website is in a published book nation wide here by White Wolf Studios, called Ananansi.
6 June, 2001:
We have had another of our spider pages selected by SciLinks: "Our teachers selected the following web page(s), and identified the following web masters and/or authors as responsible for this page or page:"
9 May, 1999:
Our Spider Pages were selected as a Links2Go "Key Resource"
"Congratualtions - The page titled "Spider Homepage", at was selected as a Links2Go "Key Resource" in the Spiders topic, at http://www.links2go.com/topic/Spiders."
24 January, 1999:
Our pages were featured on CNN Headline News as an "interesting site".
31 December, 1998:
"Spiders" - I am pleased to tell you that your website has been chosen for inclusion in the BBC Education Web Guide. The Education Web Guide team were particularly impressed by the quality and educational content of your site and have placed a short review of it in our searchable database which can be accessed by internet users everywhere. This site is listed in the BBC Education Web Guide. The best learning resources on the Net are only a click away!
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BBC Education Web Guide,
British Broadcasting Corporation
We are very pleased and proud, that these pages were featured on the Microsoft Internet Explorer Home User site during the week of 3 June, 1998.
Our page has been selected as part of the "WHOW", Web Helpers on Wheels Automated Directory. Click on the Bus to join the Tour for more Spider pages and other Topics.
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Your site is site of the week under category: Insects (24/9/97)
Thanks for contributing to a better sense of community on the web. We value those of you taking the web to the next level. Your site has been selected as a featured site this week on the WebTrips Network(tm) located at http://www.webtrips.com.
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