The other day, whilst hanging around the back of the OPP (OutPatientPharmacy), yet another shipment arrived.
Now, we get shipments every day..of supplies, drugs, boxes (for packing up drugs to be mailed to our patients who don’t want to venture into the pharmacy & stand in line…), sterile water, barium, etc., etc…..
Yep, it’s pretty busy back there, so we’re pretty jaded about our deliveries: “Oh, another huge box of glycerin suppositories? Just put them over there, next to the vinyl gloves and catheters. *yawn*”.
But THIS time, a little visitor came along for the ride:
Well, hello there!
It looks huge in this pic, right? It wasn’t. It’s just my extreme close-up. Here’s the uncropped version with the box for perspective:
That’s a little better. I think.
One of the girls in the back at the time of this shipment yelled: “OMIGOD! There’s a neon green spider on this box!!!” We all went over to look. “Is it poisonous? Where did it come from? Why is it HERE????”” These were just some of the questions we were all asking. After a few minutes of gawking at this little guy, we all went back to work, and the neon green visitor was forgotten. But, intrepid amateur cell phone photog that I am, I snapped a picture for future ref.
One of my fellow techs asked me what I was going to do with the pic, and I told her I was going to find out what kind of spider it was. How? Why, the internet, of course!
When I got home, I logged on and searched google images for “neon green spider with long front legs”. After some misses, I finally got a hit:
Looks the same to me!
I found this pic on the blackoaknaturalist blog. It’s a Goldenrod Crab Spider. I found some more info on crab spiders from Rick Steinau’s “Ask the Exterminator” site.
Are they poisonous? Here’s what Rick says:
Crab spiders can bite, yet never seek out humans. They will run from people or drop off of flower petals to avoid us. Their bite is not dangerous to people, and is not particularly painful, but they should not be picked up with bare hands. If you find one indoors the best way to get rid of it is to place a cup over it, slide a piece of paper under the cup and move the spider outdoors.
More info about these interesting little guys on Rick’s site…click the link above if you have a need to know.
Anyway, I went back to work armed with this info. No, the spider isn’t poisonous. No, it didn’t come from some strange foreign land. It probably hitched a ride from some local garden. What ever happened to it? We don’t know. Perhaps it’s chilling in a corner somewhere, munching on Frito crumbs and pill dust? Perhaps. I thought it was pretty cute, though, and I’m hoping it doesn’t get attacked by the gigantic cockroaches that often come to visit.
Yes, I know. What are giant cockroaches doing in a HOSPITAL? Well, the hospital is 100 years old. It’s kind of falling apart. All people from all walks of life pop in and out, so you KNOW a roach or two (or three, or 20) might come along for the ride. As a matter of fact, about a week before we saw our little crab spider, one of the techs screamed and jumped onto a step-stool to escape a visiting cockroach. Oh, silly girl. A little bitty cockroach can’t hurt you!
Well, think again! This roach was gigantic. Around two inches long….waving his creepy antennae at us. What did we do? We sprayed his ass with alcohol (it’s what we had handy), slapped a huge wad of paper towels on him and threw him in the trash. (No one wanted to carry him out of the pharmacy and down the hall to the bathroom to flush him away).
All morning, until the maintenance guy came to change the trash, assorted techs would take a peek into the trash can to make sure the roach wasn’t trying to crawl up and out. Yes, the trash bin has a cover, but fear makes you think strange thoughts. We were all hoping that if the alcohol didn’t kill him, it might have made him to woozy to even bother trying to escape. Later that morning, the trash was removed, and with it, the giant roach. The Orkin roach commercial kind of had the scale right:
Ok, ok. Maybe not THAT big. But close.
Just another day in the O.P.P.