Friday, October 31, 2008

Friday Creature

They're creepy and they're kooky... mysterious and spooky... they're altogether ookie...

Just in time for Halloween, some spiders have made themselves known to me this week. I noticed this first one just a few minutes ago as I was headed downstairs to have some lunch. It's up there as I type, hanging in the doorway of Emmie's bathroom and while it's not quite as huge as this image implies (its body isn't more than an inch long), it is an intimidating (though hopefully harmless? ...anyone?) critter.


I found this second one at the beginning of the week as we were bringing the plants inside for the night (the temperature actually dipped below freezing here! Yay! Take that, you stupid aphids!). I carried a stack of ceramic saucers into the house and as I spread them out on the floor, I noticed a black spider in one of them. Now, I don't know much about spiders, but have have this vague idea that black ones are not good. So, I carried it back outside and watched it as it crept carefully away.


Can you see that little red spot on its belly? I didn't notice it until the spider lowered itself to the ground, and then I realized just what kind of spider I had just kicked out of my house. {{{shudder}}}

It didn't occur to me until it was gone that I maybe should have squished it on the sidewalk...


Have a happy Halloween, everyone! Have fun and, as always, take a few moments to check out the creatures on this week's ark!

5 comments:

Steve said...

Sweet!

bobw said...

nice shots. our little spider man will be thrilled to see them.



yeah anything remotely resembling a black widow gets squished. squish first, ask questions later. the writing spiders in the bushes outside are treasured and admired, however.

Keera said...

Thanks for giving me a scare on Halloween. Ookie, indeed!

joe lance said...

That first one should give you no problems. It ain't a brown recluse, and that's your only worry aside from the black widow. And yeah, now you know what that one looks like. It's not just the red shape on the underside: the abdomen is really shiny and rounded, like an old-timey shoe button. That's how you know without ever having to turn one over.

newscoma said...

AAAAArrrrrrrghhhhhh!!!



Breath.



Aaarrggghhhhh!!!!



:)