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Offline Spookie MonsterTopic starter

Baby cannibal spider gang makes web vibrate in time
« on: October 23, 2010, 07:45:52 PM »
Baby cannibal spider gang makes web vibrate in time

It is like something out of a horror movie: baby spiders devour their own mother, then climb aboard her web, and make it throb in a series of pulsating vibrations.

Enjoy!  (Especially you arachnophobes!)

Spel


The baby spiders would get hungry and search frantically for their mother...

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Re: Baby cannibal spider gang makes web vibrate in time
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2010, 09:27:04 PM »
I'm unsure if it's just me or not but that clip is like, 2 seconds long and doesn't show anything.

Edit: Nevermind. It's working now. o_O
« Last Edit: October 23, 2010, 09:29:22 PM by Blitzy »

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Re: Baby cannibal spider gang makes web vibrate in time
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2010, 10:08:03 PM »
All I can say is - that is one stupid cricket.

Offline Chevalier des Poissons

Re: Baby cannibal spider gang makes web vibrate in time
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2010, 10:22:01 PM »
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Baby cannibal spider gang

That is an amazing name for a horror movie.

Offline Host of Seraphim

Re: Baby cannibal spider gang makes web vibrate in time
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2010, 10:39:13 PM »
Reminded me of a beating human heart. Only creepier.

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Re: Baby cannibal spider gang makes web vibrate in time
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2010, 12:32:24 AM »
Reminded me of a beating human heart. Only creepier.

Me, too.

Offline Muninn

Re: Baby cannibal spider gang makes web vibrate in time
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2010, 04:35:18 AM »
I have to also step into the it-totally-reminds-me-of-a-heartbeat circle.  Really creepy yet completely fascinating. *shudders*

Offline Starlequin

Re: Baby cannibal spider gang makes web vibrate in time
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2010, 05:11:48 PM »
Dude. I want this for my Halloween avi so frelling bad.

Offline Spookie MonsterTopic starter

Re: Baby cannibal spider gang makes web vibrate in time
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2010, 05:52:25 AM »
Thanks very much for the replies, guys!  I'm really glad that you found it interesting.

Spel


Take care, take care...

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Re: Baby cannibal spider gang makes web vibrate in time
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2010, 09:49:07 AM »
creepy webish heartbeat, great Halloween clip Ziggy


Offline AtlasEros

Re: Baby cannibal spider gang makes web vibrate in time
« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2010, 09:05:41 PM »
best title I've seen on this forum so far.

Offline Acinonyx

Re: Baby cannibal spider gang makes web vibrate in time
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2010, 01:37:33 AM »
The biologist in me wants to know whether it really works like a heart with a pace-giver that all the other little spidies follow. There must be some sort of communication to coordinate this. Fascinating!

Maybe it's somewhat like a neuronal network and the baby spiders are the neurons with their neurites extending over the threads of the web, firing in a rhythm. But even that requires some "pacemaker".

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Re: Baby cannibal spider gang makes web vibrate in time
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2010, 01:42:40 AM »
Kind of like when a school of fish all turn the same direction?

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Re: Baby cannibal spider gang makes web vibrate in time
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2010, 06:49:01 AM »
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Kind of like when a school of fish all turn the same direction?

Mmmh...I think fish follow a different principle. More of like "stay with the group".

There once was an experiment where they put a bunch of people into a big hall and gave them one requirement: Never walk alone, always stay close to other people. After a while, they ended up going in circles like a giant ant death spiral (though I think the ant death spiral is another phenomenon involving pheromones).

Ant Death Spiral

I think if you had a "predator" or something scary attack that spiral from the side a couple of times, even the humans would have quickly turned together just like a fish swarm (maybe it would take a handful of "attacks" to make everyone catch on that you'd better turn with the group because they might see something you didn't).

But maybe that's all it takes: An involuntary "spasm" by a baby spider (or five) in a good place - and all the other spidies follow. So that is sort of like a turning fish swarm.

I just really wished I understood the benefit of twitching spiders. Maybe they want to appear as one big thing rather than a bunch of little things?
« Last Edit: November 09, 2010, 06:50:42 AM by Acinonyx »

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Re: Baby cannibal spider gang makes web vibrate in time
« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2010, 09:19:04 AM »
I seem to recall that the ant death spiral occurs when the pheromone trail gets obliterated, and the ants up front get turned back in a circle while looking for it.

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Re: Baby cannibal spider gang makes web vibrate in time
« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2010, 05:04:13 PM »
Yup. And they spiral and spiral until they keel over dead.