Re: Spotlighting and spiders

To: "Tony Russell" <>, "Reid" <>
Subject: Re: Spotlighting and spiders
From: Goodfellow <>
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2001 08:35:43 +0930
Hi Ralph and Tony
A few years ago while looking for Gouldian Finches near Kakadu a field 
assistant decided he would sleep on a tarpaulin laid out on the ground.  
He awoke some time in the night yelling and making a dreadful fuss.  It 
seems a wolf spider had deposited all her babies with him and he was 
covered with the tiny creatures!  

Tony, just for you I won't repeat in detail my experience of waking one 
night to find a brush-footed spider (Selencosmia crassipes) cuddling up 
to my bare thigh.  What made the situation even tricker was that if 
bitten there was no way I'd be reaching  a hospital for Iwas in a remote 
area of the Mary River, (dropped in by helicopter) and it was raining 
heavily.  I stalked backwards till I reached safety.  The spider was 
removed with kitchen tongs, always a handy tool to have when camping!
And lastly on spiders, a friend suffering from depression found that 
wandering around the backyard with a torch looking at the wondrous eyes 
of wolf spiders changing in the light light Argyle diamonds, from cognac 
to pink to ice-blue, comforted him.


Denise Goodfellow  (Lawungkurr Maralngurra)
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