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Jun 19, 2021, 04:32 PM
Originally Posted by ghporter View Post
Spiders as in arachnids, or as in “Spider” roadsters.

As for arachnids, most are our friends. The times they’re not are usually because they’re in too close proximity to people. But they’re pretty good at ridding our homes of not-so-nice insects, so as long as they’re not getting in the way (or in danger of being squished by basic foot traffic in the home), they’re pretty much welcome here.

Fiat’s current Spider roadster is a blast to drive, but it’s built on a Mazda MX5 (Miata). They change the power train and some bits of the suspension, and do some styling tweaks. We were quite close to buying one until research showed that a fully tricked out Miata had better specs, better accessories, and cost less than the Fiat.

Then the whole pandemic thing sidetracked the idea of a “fun car” anyway.

On the idea of both underrated and eliminating insects, let’s talk about bats. They eat tons (literally) of insects every night. Up to 1200 mosquito-sized bugs an hour, often throughout the hours of darkness. Mexican Free Tail Bats are very common here in San Antonio and Austin.

One of the most impressive sights in Austin is the bat colony under the Congress Ave. bridge over Ladybird Lake. Read about it and watch a video HERE
I was talking the arachnids. Alfa Spiders and bats are cute.

Solifugids are creepy.
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Jun 19, 2021, 09:04 PM
Originally Posted by subego View Post
I was talking the arachnids. Alfa Spiders and bats are cute.

Solifugids are creepy.
They are “that’s made up, right?” creepy. Sadly, they aren’t made up…. Ewwwwwwww.

Glenn -----OTR/L, MOT, Tx
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