Saturday, June 20, 2009

Spiders and Creepy Crawlies.

Sometimes it is fun to turn attention to things that have a few more legs than snakes. Take a look at this caterpillar. This pattern would look awesome on a snake:
When this caterpillar was not crawling, it was hard to tell which end was which because of the eyes on the rear:
This was a ladybug hotel:
This is one of the easiest spiders to identify. Black widows were very common in the area we were flipping. Whenever I reached under a rock and felt a really strong web, I stopped and found another handle.
Another black widow:
And another:
This was a surprise:
This wolf spider was even bigger than the one from the previous spider post and had a huge egg sack.
The spider allowed me to move it to a better place for photos.
This shot is from almost directly behind the spider. They really do have eyes in the back of their heads:
Spider and caterpillar:
This spider was nearly 4 inches in length.
This thing had eyes all over. Even its abdomen had a pair:

4 comments:

Just Us said...

Um, nasty! We are constantly fighting spiders and those nasty June bugs. Yuck! Why can't they suddenly disappear, instead of the honey bees?

Andi said...

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Amy said...

Wow Rob. I have never seen a wolf spider. Those are very interesting. You've gotten really good at photographing these creatures. Very interesting stuff. Keep up the great work!

Aim

Anonymous said...

that big wolf spider has something that looks like eyes on its lower part but they are not eyes. all the eyes of a spider are near its head.