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    Well, let's kick off the new category with some good news - NOT!

    Giant spider makes NZ home
    By DAN HUTCHINSON - The Press | Saturday, 28 April 2007

    A large Australian spider is setting up home in New Zealand in increasing numbers.

    Lorrie Griebel's Marlborough backyard is home to a golden orbweb spider ? the latest found in New Zealand in recent months.

    Eleven discoveries of the tropical spider have been reported to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry this year. The Marlborough spider is one of just three confirmed sightings in the South Island since 1975.

    Measuring over 5cm in length, the spider was thriving on a generous diet of bumblebees and other garden insects. The spiders are known to catch small birds.

    Griebel discovered "Charlotte" in the garden of her Wairau Valley home two months ago, initially a lot smaller but with what she described as freakishly long legs.

    Her children, Alicia, seven, and Hayley, five, named the spider after the main character in the book Charlotte's Web. In this case the web consists of 1 sq m of strong, golden silk.

    "The first thing we noticed was these strange-looking legs and my main concern was the kids running through it. I left it well alone and gave it a wide berth. I got more interested when it started to change and I thought `this is definitely not a common everyday spider'," Griebel said.

    Ministry entomologist Maurice O'Donnell said the spiders were thought to migrate to New Zealand from Queensland when they were as small as dust specks, blown across the Tasman in high-altitude winds.

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    Found this pic on the web (ha!). Nice little thing, innit?
    EOI Submitted: July 20, 2006
    EOI Selected: August 2, 2006
    ITA Received: October 12, 2006
    ITA Submitted: February 2, 2007
    Migrant Levy Paid & Visas Shipped: June 6, 2007
    Arrived in NZ: July 26th, 2007
    Leaving NZ: June 1st, 2008

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    Kinda cute, huh?

    My, Grandma, what big legs you've got. Little Red Riding Hood I ain't.

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    One thing my wife loves about the prospect of living in New Zealand is that there are no snakes. I'm not sure how she feels about spiders, but I don't think I'll share this tidbit with her.
    EOI Submitted: July 20, 2006
    EOI Selected: August 2, 2006
    ITA Received: October 12, 2006
    ITA Submitted: February 2, 2007
    Migrant Levy Paid & Visas Shipped: June 6, 2007
    Arrived in NZ: July 26th, 2007
    Leaving NZ: June 1st, 2008

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    OMG, that baby is huge! While reading the article, I wondered if they meant 5cm total, or just body length. Now I know.

    When I was about 16, we visited family in Oklahoma. That was my first time seeing orb weavers, and they freaked me out. I worried about walking into one of their webs and getting bitten. An aunt said "Don't worry, honey, they won't bite. They'll just grab onto you". So comforting.

    Now I mostly worry about them getting in my hair, which has happened a couple of times when I've walked into a web. The neighbors never knew before that I could shriek so loud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by selchie View Post
    . An aunt said "Don't worry, honey, they won't bite. They'll just grab onto you".
    I wouldn't want that bugger grabbing on to me!
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    These are legal immigrants, but I hope they stay put and don't decide to go walkabout.

    Eight legs, but 'armless arrival at Wellington Zoo
    The Dominion Post | Friday, 4 May 2007


    ALONG CAME A SPIDER: Wellington Zoos' head of animal training and conditioning Gerry Whitehouse-Tedd with a Chilean Rose Tarantula the zoo just got.

    It looks like an arachnophobe's worst nightmare, but in fact this Chilean Rose tarantula is fairly harmless – at least if you're a human.

    The creature is one of six species of tarantula, including the Goliath Birdeater, which can grow to 30 centimetres , that have recently arrived at Wellington Zoo.

    Animal training and conditioning specialist Gerry Whitehouse-Tedd, pictured, said the spiders were placid and relatively harmless to humans. "A tarantula bite is similar to a bee sting."

    And despite its name, the Goliath Birdeater is harmless to birds too. It feeds on crickets, locusts and cockroaches.

    The tarantulas, commonly kept as pets in the United States, go on display today at the zoo's Scaly Nursery. They will be rotated for public viewing and some will be transferred to other organisations around New Zealand.

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