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Spider vs. Moth, as seen last night on @Sab on Twitter:

1:28 AM the spider that lives on my ceiling is in the process of capturing a horrible five-inch moth. CRAP! It escaped!

1:28 AM cat #1 in hot giant moth pursuit.

1:30 AM the loud vibrato of giant moth wings against the floor, pinned under a cat's paw. And then they're free! Daring escape! Chase! SAB TERRIFIED

1:46 AM plot twist! Moth gets re-entangled in spider web! Flapping madly! Cat atop headboard watching!

1:47 AM OMG the spider's gone! Oh, this is not going to end well. For me.

1:48 AM um, anybody got an extra spider?

1:51 AM I'm sorry but this moth literally has a five-inch wingspan and a body like a roll of quarters. It's hanging cockily from the web, having evicted the spider. What do I do?

2:00 AM ....aaaand, the spider scurries back into the game. GO TEAM SPIDER!

2:02 AMh the spider inches closer to the giant moth, weaving with its wavy front legs. Millimeter by millimeter closer to the moth's loca, creeping.

2:03 AM moth and spider eye to eye now. Bug staredown. No idea how a spider this size is going to take down that giant flying thing but all for it.

2:05 AM spider's backing off. I'm not sure of its strategy. The moth seems undisturbed but maybe the spider's got another plan. C'mon spider, pls!

2:05 AM I'm not going to be able to sleep until I see that moth knitted into a silk straitjacket.

2:09 AM the spider is cleverly reapproaching the moth, weaving as it goes. But one flap of those big awful wings might undo all its hard work.

2:13 AM wings flapping! one wing stuck! spider closer! moth, incidentally, STILL HUGE!

2:14 AM MOTH GOT FREE FUCK

2:15 AM poor spider, licking its wounds up there on the ceiling. I want to give it a medal and hazard pay.

2:17 AM the moth is somewhere, but the brave cat's gone out and Hawkeye and I are hardly one spider's worth of offense between us. SLEEP W EYES OPEN

2:19 AM to all those who, like me, are afeared of and/or hate moths: always keep a spider around.

2:32 AM it caught a tiny fruit fly just now, the spider did. Sort of a consolation prize. Busy day on my ceiling, too.


[to be continued...]

Date: 2009-04-19 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vandonovan.livejournal.com
O_O I'd be a fuckton more afraid of the spider than the giant moth, I have to admit. I mean... moths don't even have mouths, do they?

Date: 2009-04-20 01:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
My GREAT EPIC FEARS, in no particular order, include the apocalypse, being buried alive, and MOTHS.

Date: 2009-04-20 01:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vandonovan.livejournal.com
Aaah. That makes a bit more sense then. One would think you'd get some screens for your windows then.

Date: 2009-04-20 01:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wurwilf.livejournal.com
I feel that way about stinkbugs.

Date: 2009-04-20 12:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pene.livejournal.com
oh no. I'd forgotten your mothophobia.

Date: 2009-04-20 01:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
YES IT IS VRY REAL.

Date: 2009-04-20 01:36 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sparklyfabulous
does the spider just live there? all the time? i would not be able to deal with that (though obviously it's a pretty useful roommate to have...)

Date: 2009-04-20 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
I try to always keep a spider/spiderweb in the corner by the window. It's not always the SAME spider but there is pretty much permanently a spider in the corner. Actually today there are TWO! They're like bodyguards, is what.

Date: 2009-04-20 02:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ratcreature
ITA with the advantages of a few spider roommates. I've also had a persistent moth infestation for a while, but those were small ones. They ate and spoiled a lot of my food though, and I had no luck finding the origin point. I eventually got rid of them via pheromone traps, but I guess those don't really work for someone with a moth phobia, because they attract the males, so for a while you see more of the horrid things. Also I'm not sure the glue would have held a huge moth.

Maybe you should install insect screens against this kind of dangerous wildlife.

Date: 2009-04-20 05:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
No screen, because the window (barred) serves as the cat's back door. But spiders are our friends, the same way the cats protect me from lizards and mice.

Date: 2009-04-20 04:02 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ignazwisdom.livejournal.com
Holy shit, how are you more afraid of the moth than the spider?!

Date: 2009-04-20 05:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
Because moths are HORRIBLE and spiders are our allies in the war against them!

Date: 2009-04-20 05:51 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ignazwisdom.livejournal.com
Did Mothra scar you at a young age?

(I am the most arachnophobic person in the world, so this sort of fascinates/horrifies me. That said, I understand if you don't want to talk about it. I run away screaming from most spider convos.)

Date: 2009-04-20 06:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
I have two spiders hanging out beside me RIGHT NOW? I keep trying to take pictures but they're not very photogenic, and I was too scared to get up close yesterday when the GIANT MOTH was hanging in the web, though now I really wish I had photographic evidence.

I might have to rig up some sort of kitty-cam, is what.

But I have no real problem with spiders. If they're the kind that bite I probably don't want them to bite me but aside from that, I always protect them and try to keep them around. I'm not sure what kind these are, sort of black and brown striped with long skinny black legs with brown knees. Sometimes I just sit here and watch them eat fruit flies.

MOTHS on the other hand are flappy and powdery and they'll DIVEBOMB you and flutter in your TV light and they come in HUGE and NASTY fat varieties and they thwap against walls and ceilings and move unpredictably and don't fear humans!

The spiders and I coexist quietly. I could NEVER coexist with a moth!

Date: 2009-04-20 04:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chicklet-girl.livejournal.com
It's like the ghost of Marlin Perkins is narrating Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom from the afterlife via Twitter. In other words, awesome and kind of scary.

Date: 2009-04-20 05:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
The worst part is I don't think it's over. Sure, the moth's laying low. It might have even left the premises. But it will be back, and until then it's my job to help make sure my spiders are in fighting form.

*g*

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