Indiana man warns locals to ‘beware’ of giant spiders after spotting 6-inch crawler at work

Employees at Godfrey Marine in Elkhart, Indiana, spotted this large spider while building a boat this week. (Jacob Collins)
Employees at Godfrey Marine in Elkhart, Indiana, spotted this large spider while building a boat this week. (Jacob Collins)
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Arachnophobes, beware: A giant spider spotted in the Hoosier State is giving some locals nightmares after an Indiana man shared pictures of the large insect online Tuesday.

A female employee at manufacturer Godfrey Marine in Elkhart, Indiana, was apparently the first to encounter the hairy critter while building a boat. Coworkers helped capture the spider, placing it in a plastic bag so they could relocate it away from their work space.

But first, employee Jacob Collins snapped some unbelievable photos.

“They found this giant beast on a boat at work today. Beware all Elkhart country residents. They are out there and they are real,” Collins warned in a Facebook post, which has since been shared more than 4,460 times. Hundreds commented on the “creepy” critter.

“That would scare me to death!” one Facebook user exclaimed.

“Yikes. I can’t even imagine,” another commented.

“Put a saddle on that bad boy and ride it home,” one man joked.

“I would be moving out of Elkhart really fast, lol. Not a BIG spider fan at all,” a woman added.

Collins told Fox News the 6-inch spider, which many identified as a fishing spider, was not harmed and released back into the wild. Fishing spiders, commonly mistaken for wolf spiders, are known to live near water.

“Fishing spiders are named so because they are partially aquatic and generally live underneath docks, in corners of boats and in other dark, damp places. Because of their large, 3-inch leg span they are able to walk on water,” science website Sciencing explains in a post online.

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), there are roughly 400 species of spiders in the state, though only two are known to have powerful bites — the poisonous brown recluse and black widow.

However, neither is known to be particularly aggressive and bites from them are “quite rare,” the Indiana DNR said.

“Reactions to bites vary by the amount of venom injected and the patient’s age, health, and individual sensitivity,” the Indiana DNR continued. “Subjects who have been bitten who experience severe pain, trouble breathing, dizziness or nausea should seek medical attention.”

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Alien wasp lays eggs inside caterpillars

This is the parasitic wasp Dolichogenidea xenomorph. Credit: Photo by Erinn Fagan-Jeffries

The inspiration for the chestburster creature from “Alien,” a rare subfamily of parasitoid wasps reproduces by literally inserting or injecting its eggs into unsuspecting caterpillars, which leads to the eggs literally eating their way to freedom.

According to research published in the Journal of Hymenoptera Research, three new species of Microgastrinae wasps have been named, one of which has been given the name  Dolichogenidea xenomorph, xenomorph being the name of the creature in the 1979 sci-horror movie, “Alien.”

“Dolichogenidea xenomorph or alien wasp acts as a parasite in caterpillars in a similar way that the fictional Alien creature does in its human host,” lead researcher Dr. Erinn Fagan-Jeffries of the University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences said in a statement.

“This alien wasp is also black and shiny like the alien, and has a couple of weird traits for the genus — so xenomorph, meaning ‘strange form’, fits really well,” Dr. Fagan-Jefferies added.

D. xenomorph is tiny, at just 0.2 inches (5 millimeters) long, but it sports a pair of black antennae that are more than double its body length. Female alien wasp is equipped with an “extremely long” ovipositor, which allows them to inject the eggs into the unsuspecting hosts, the researchers noted.

In addition to the D. xenomorph, the researchers describe two others, Dolichogenidea finchi and Dolichogenidea mediocaudata, but it’s the D. xenomorph that is understandably grabbing the majority of attention.

“This species is named as alien wasp for the fictional creature from the movie franchise ‘Alien,’ which reportedly was inspired by the lifecycle of parasitic wasps,” the researchers wrote in their paper. “The name of the fictional creature comes from the Greek ‘xeno’ (strange) and ‘morphe’ (form) which is also appropriate.”

Researchers believe that there could be as many as 10,000 Microgastrinae wasps across the planet, but only a few thousand have actually been identified, LiveScience reports.

Female D. xenomorph wasps generally insert their eggs into Australian moth caterpillars known as Antipterna euanthes. The female D. xenomorph inserts dozens of tiny eggs into the caterpillars and after they hatch, the begin to eat the host body from the inside. Or in the words of actor Tom Skerrit who played the character Dallas in the movie, “like he exploded from inside.”

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Once they’ve gorged on their fair share of blood and there is no additional room inside the moth caterpillar to grow, the larvae chew through the body in the span of a few weeks. From there, they spin a communal cocoon as they begin their next development phase, the researchers added.

Assuming the caterpillar doesn’t die after the xenomorph larvae burst through, it could be a bodyguard for the newly hatched wasps, LiveScience added. Eventually, the caterpillar does die (poor zombie caterpillar) and the cycle repeats, with the newly formed xenomorphs looking for additional hosts.

It’s unclear exactly how widespread the species is (so far, they’ve only been found at southeastern and southwestern coasts of Australia, according to the researchers), but its ferocity is unquestioned.

“At less than 5mm in length, Dolichogenidea xenomorph might seem to lack the punch of its fearsome namesake,” Fagan-Jeffries said. “But size is relative; to a host caterpillar, it’s an awesome predator.”

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‘It’s a miracle’: 81-year-old man survives attack from hundreds of bees


An 81-year-old man in Texas is thankful to be alive after being stung by hundreds of bees.

Fox 26 reports that Thomas Mizell, a farmer who lives in Liberty County, was clearing land for a fence line on his property when he was suddenly attacked by a massive number of bees.

No one was around and he did not have a cellphone on him.

“He didn’t know where they came from, the bees just attacked him,” his daughter Tresh Holt told Fox 26.

“I walk by faith and not by sight. I couldn’t see, hardly, the bees had done got in my eyes and ears,” said Mizell.

Mizell stumbled and ran toward a pond that was about 200 yards away as hundreds of bees continued to sting him. He had plans with his wife Mary and their son Joey for lunch that day at noon, but something prompted Mary to leave early.


“That day, it was something gnawing at me. It wasn’t just right,” Mary told Fox 26.

Mizell was in severe pain and his family rushed him to the hospital, where nurses immediately began removing the stingers. He had more than 135 stings on his head alone, his daughter said.

“I got a new hairdo,” joked Mizell, who was released from the hospital on his 81st birthday. “A miracle. It is. It’s a miracle. God spared my life and I’m thankful.”

“Doctors said if my mom and my brother wouldn’t have showed up when they did, my dad wouldn’t have had much longer to live,” said Holt.

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Video shows shark yanking woman into water by her finger in Australia

'It happened so quickly': Shark pulls Australian woman into water

Shocking video shows a woman being pulled into the water by a shark off the northwestern coast of Australia.

They say you shouldn’t bite the hand that feeds you, but a 34-year-old woman from Perth, Australia learned the hard way that the rules apparently don’t apply to sharks.

On May 30, Melissa Brunning was on vacation off the northwestern coast of Australia in Dugong Bay, a remote spot known for its sharks and saltwater crocodiles.

She was hand-feeding a group of two-metre tawny nurse sharks from a yacht, when one of them latched onto her finger and yanked her into the water.

“It happened so quickly,” she told local channel 7 News.

“All I could really focus on was the fact that my finger is gone. He’d clamped on it and it felt like it was shredding off the bone.”

The horrifying moment, all caught on video, shows Brunning screaming as she was dragged overboard before the boat’s crew and friends quickly pulled her back up.

Miraculously, she escaped relatively unscathed with all 10 fingers intact, but suffered a minor fracture and a torn ligament.

“I came up and I couldn’t even look at my finger because I thought it was gone, and I thought if I looked at it I’d probably go into shock,” Brunning said.

Brunning told local media she was wrong to try to feed the sharks, and said the experience has taught her to “respect marine life.”

Blood, sweat and accessories: artist recycles bodily fluids for fashion

Urine crystals grow on a pair of ballet shoes, as part of a collection by Alice Potts that imagines a future where accessories are grown from our bodily excretions, in the Royal College of Art Fashion Show in London, Britain, June 20, 2018. Photo: Reuters
Urine crystals grow on a pair of ballet shoes, as part of a collection by Alice Potts that imagines a future where accessories are grown from our bodily excretions, in the Royal College of Art Fashion Show in London, Britain, June 20, 2018. Photo: Reuters
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LONDON: Struggling to make your fashion more personal? No sweat. A London fashion student can help you decorate your attire with crystal accessories formed from your bodily excretions.

Royal College of Art graduate Alice Potts showcased her quirky design methods with a pair of ballet shoes adorned with crystals formed from sweat and a fake fur featuring urine-crystals at the RCA’s annual fashion show.

Potts, who has also experimented with blood, believed the odourless but stomach-turning materials, donated to her by fellow students, had environmental and health benefits beyond the limitations of traditional plastic or cotton.

“Instead of using plastic accessories to maybe embellish garments … we can start like growing onto our garments these new materials and more natural materials,” she told Reuters.

Potts, who kept her crystallization process under wraps, added that in future the concept could possibly be developed to create a bio-sensor to detect high sugar levels for diabetics.

Other environmental-thinking collections on display at last week’s RCA show included a range of clothes produced without sewing any seams. Instead, a new weaving technique was employed, reducing fashion waste and challenging over-consumption.

The show, titled “A Walk Without a Cat”, featured dance performances and live shows rather than a catwalk and was held at 180 Strand, the home of London Fashion Week.

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Indonesian woman swallowed by giant python

Indonesian woman swallowed by giant python
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If you didn’t have Ophidiophobia (irrational fear of snakes) before, you might have it after you’re done reading this!

The body of 54-year-old Wa Tiba was found on Friday when villagers cut open a seven-meter (23-foot) bloated python in the village of Persiapan Lawela on the island of Muna, offshore of Sulawesi.

According to The Jakarta Post,  the 54-year-old housewife had gone missing on Thursday night after she went to check on her corn plantation located 1km away from her house.

Her family became anxious when she still hadn’t come home at 6am the next day. Her sister went looking for her at the plantation and a search party was launched soon after involving about 100 residents, including her worried relatives.

At around 9:30am, residents found a big python with a swollen belly near the plantation.

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Suspecting that the snake has swallowed the victim, the residents killed it and carried it out of the garden. Upon cutting open the snake’s belly, the entire body of the victim was found inside. That means the snake swallowed her whole leh! So GELI!

According to an article by The Star, local police chief Hamka said the villagers found the giant serpent lying about 30 meters from Tiba’s sandals and machete, adding she was swallowed head first and her body was found intact.

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You can watch the horrible ordeal for yourselves in the video below:

What a horrible experience! We can only hope the poor woman didn’t suffer too much when the snake got to her.

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