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147. The Tenacity of Boris

Meet Boris. When I found him he was aleep next to the where our living room door meets its frame. Perhaps too close, ase this might explain why he only has seven legs [all together: ahh poor Boris].

Unfortunately for Boris, my efforts to get a snap awakend him and he tried to scale the wall to get out of my way. When he reached the dado rail though he was stuck as the paintwork was to shiny for him to climb. This was the fascinating bit though. I wish I had videoed it rather than taking a still shot. Using four or five legs to dig in he used the remaining free legs to feel the rail very quickly searching for any little spots that would provide a foothold. He worked the entire rail like this until he found a gap at the end that he could disappear into. What a worker!
kormoran Yeees, ça c'est de la macro-photo...c'est énorme
kormoran · 2009-04-13: 07:35
gonia oh no it's terrible!
gonia · 2009-04-13: 08:00
leqseboinaln Dear Male Chauvinist Pig,

We at Let’s Equalise Sexual Botany In All Nature take profound exception to your assigning a sex and a gender-differentiating marker to this poor spider. Boris? Why not Doris, Chloris or Floris?

It took us fifty years to get the bloody hurricanes named after your miserable lot and now we have the entire insect kingdom to tackle thanks to your typical thoughtless chauvinistic act. This is not funny! You just don’t get the point, do you?

OK, any legless female is going to be in trouble thanks to you, but that condescending ahh is going to give us all a headache. Again.

We will be keeping our eye on you in the future and suggest you take the time to ascertain the sex of your subjects first, without of course invading their privacy or right to adopt any sexual guise they wish.

General Secretary (and that doesn’t mean I type your letters)
leqseboinaln · 2009-04-13: 08:07
????? lol
Sorry, Jon.
I do't know what's more funny: your entree or Joyce's comment.
Anyway, great photo... You know I love bugs!
????? · 2009-04-13: 09:10
lookagain Hilarious post....a comment above thinks Joyce is as funny as Jon...I'm thinking J and J MIGHT be one and the same ;-) Just an idea....
lookagain · 2009-04-13: 09:45
Jarvo A response to Joyce:

Hi Joyce,
thanks very much for the interest in this post. I suspect that you have a very good point to make, the trouble is it's just so wrapped up in bile that it becomes hard to give it any credence. Can I suggest that if you are seriously going to campaign for equality in sexual botany you might have a touch more credibility if you try to dissacoate the terms "male chauvinist" and "pig" in your own writing.
Jarvo · 2009-04-13: 10:04
revenant Ahhh for B/D/Chloris, any pig in the vicinity and not least of all, you, for your brave effort in helping legless and persecuted creatures the world over. As the victim of a similar post, I wonder who could have done such a dastardly deed...
revenant · 2009-04-13: 10:12
onlyricky Geez!
I'd not like to find Boris on my bedroom!
7 legs
onlyricky · 2009-04-13: 10:47
NellyBly Great shot but spray your house...looks like a female with eggs to me, but I'm certainly not offended :-)
NellyBly · 2009-04-13: 10:55
????? poor Boris wouldn't last long around my house! Excellent capture!
????? · 2009-04-13: 11:08
onlymehdi what a great shot
onlymehdi · 2009-04-13: 12:24
somogyvari Great capture!!
(I remember the wonderful song,Boris the spider-WHO):))
somogyvari · 2009-04-13: 12:48
smbunation I'm not going to lie, when I see fotos like this I always move my feet around when I am sitting to make sure one of these guys is not right by me. I don't think I 'fear' them, I just am not too comfortable around them. Great shot and kinda sad story.
smbunation · 2009-04-13: 12:52
????? Kind of you to let him live. I guess having taken his picture, it would be rude to kill him!
????? · 2009-04-13: 14:11
susjustjake You are braver than I...and as far as gender...its a spider...regardless of the gender eight (well 7 in this case) creepy crawling legs and fangs.........pretty sure both genders have fangs....
susjustjake · 2009-04-14: 01:30
jet28 Fantastic capture!
jet28 · 2009-04-14: 06:10
Asianeye beautiful work.
Asianeye · 2009-04-14: 07:13
Nubster Good job getting the shot - great title! As ever, I remain Supporting The Rights of Arachnids of Indeterminate Gender, However Trapped.
Nubster · 2009-04-14: 23:17
davidcardona Great!
davidcardona · 2010-11-05: 03:49
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