Spiders vs Conkers Truth or legend?

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Offline Emma PT

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« on: 20/03/2009 09:51:54 »
Does anyone know if spiders are really repelled by conkers?

This guy has conducted an experiment....

newbielink:http://www.athelstanscave.com/caveblog/spiders-vs-conkers/ [nonactive]

Any thoughts?

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« Reply #1 on: 20/03/2009 10:13:09 »
I have read this in other places. Some say it works.
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« Reply #2 on: 20/03/2009 10:14:37 »
We've also had a thread about this topic....

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=17751.0

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« Reply #3 on: 20/03/2009 18:05:43 »
Yes, but is there a definitive answer?

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« Reply #4 on: 21/03/2009 09:02:04 »
Yes, they are. Categorically. Undeniably. Definitely. Possibly.
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« Reply #5 on: 21/03/2009 11:47:01 »
Laughs! Are you certain?

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« Reply #6 on: 21/03/2009 11:50:04 »
I think the answer is: he doesn't know.

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« Reply #7 on: 21/03/2009 12:12:25 »
Spiders are mostly good fellows in my book. A little lazy perhaps? But so am I. And this thing about conkers is new to me, nothing like that in Sweden. Well, we do have them both, but no saying like that. So I will guarantee you Emma that, although Swedish spiders may die of conkers, it will only be so if they are dropped upon them.

Ah, that should read conkers upon spiders, not spiders upon conkers.
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« Reply #8 on: 21/03/2009 12:20:54 »
Does anyone know if spiders are really repelled by conkers?

This guy has conducted an experiment....

http://www.athelstanscave.com/caveblog/spiders-vs-conkers/

Any thoughts?

Emma
Looks like a legend to me.

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« Reply #9 on: 21/03/2009 22:30:37 »
In all seriousness, I believe it to be true. My grandmother said it was so and there are anti-spider sprays that contain conker juice (or whatever it is that comes out of conkers). I have personally been told by users that they are very effective.
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« Reply #10 on: 21/03/2009 22:31:58 »
I think the answer is: he doesn't know.

How dare you, you young scallywag! 
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« Reply #11 on: 22/03/2009 02:53:20 »
Blah, calm down old fella.

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« Reply #12 on: 22/03/2009 07:37:35 »
"There are also chemosensitive hairs, the tip of the leg contains a series of these hairs the spider uses to taste. "

So maybe it's the taste of conkers, this may also explain why rubbing lemon juice on walls keeps spiders off.

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http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/indexmag.html?http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/artjan00/spileg.html

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« Reply #13 on: 24/03/2009 13:57:55 »
It seems the jury is still out?  [;)]

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« Reply #14 on: 25/03/2009 05:24:51 »
I don't think the jury was ever in.