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Yes, it was. Being superstitious I spared it and liberated it in the garden. It hasn't returned - yet!

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This is interesting, as the spider you are describing may well have been what's known as the Japanese impact spider, so named because of the devastating impact even a single spider can have outside their native habitat. The females turn yellow a few hours before placing multiple egg sacks, each of which contains several million eggs. Once released, the short gestation period and reproduction cycle of the impact spider invariably results in quick and total infestation. Since impact spiders create nesting sites by boring huge holes in wood, brick, mortar, and stone, they have been known to completely destroy massive structures (houses or apartment buildings) in less than a week. Arachnid researchers can't say why, but impact spiders appear to thrive especially well when released in gardens along the southern coast of England.

Naaah, I'm probably wrong.

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A nice thought to sleep on! However we had so much rain in the past two days that I am confident they are all drowned by now. One thing the Japanese Yellow can't stand is wet feet. This is why you only find them in dry spare wheel compartments.
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A nice thought to sleep on! However we had so much rain in the past two days that I am confident they are all drowned by now. One thing the Japanese Yellow can't stand is wet feet. This is why you only find them in dry spare wheel compartments.
Except for the related Hokkaido spider, which sometimes adapts to rain by mutating into a horrible, giant lizard that crushes everything in its path... but I'm sure that's not the kind of spider you found.
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Except for the related Hokkaido spider, which sometimes adapts to rain by mutating into a horrible, giant lizard that crushes everything in its path... but I'm sure that's not the kind of spider you found.
Really? Where can I get one?

...searches...

Doh! No spider... took out the cargo net, cargo mat, etc. for nothing. Also found no water, which is the important part. But hey, at least now I've actually SEEN my spare. I knew it was in there somewhere, but didn't go looking until tonight.

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Reading moo's description of yellow spiders - hundreds of laughs

Watching BIFs eyes go wide - priceless


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I also have been getting water in my spare compartment. At first, I thought maybe it was because I had backed my prius into a post a few months ago, slightly dinging it and mildly chipping the paint (I love the non-rusting aluminum panels) but upon further inspection, I couldn't find any trace of a leak or of water having dripped on any surfaces between the hatch opening and the bottom of the spare wheel well. I haven't had it checked out yet though, as I use my car for my job, and therefore can't afford the downtime to get it looked at. Please keep me updated on what you find out.
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Moo failed to mention the damage of the Yellow Impact spider had on downtown Tokyo. The holes the species created in all the building was the primary reason that the buildings collapsed when Godzilla even looked at them wrong. The blast of energy from his mouth was added in post production to cover up this fact and keep from panicking the residents of major Japanese cities. Thank heavens no one has released one in the wild here in the US.

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I have recently discovered water in my spare well for the first time. It was extremely soapy. (Blowing bubbles out of the drain holes as the water slowed down. =) I had fairly recently been to the car wash, two times in the last couple of weeks. My best hypothesis is that the water has actually been forced in through the drian plugs (they were still in place) by high pressure jets during the "under-carraige wash" which I had purchased. The plugs themselves are not particularly sturdy.
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It may be what you think. The under car wash may be forcing some water into you spare tire area. But also check to see if the water may be entering via some other path (like along the hatch back. Also check to see if it may be from the rear window washer. I am not sure the path the rear washer hose take to get to the rear wiper, but it may be the problem.
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