Archive : sun spider

Apr 09 2012 by in Bugs & Pests, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 17 comments

Bug-date

an intsy wintsy white spider

It’s a bug-update post! Some are pretty, others not so much. But they are all fun to photograph. The white spider in the third photograph was hidden in an iceberg rose and I noticed him as I was cutting off the spent blooms last week. I let him disembark and he hopped onto the Heliotropium bloom where I thought he looked quite beautiful contrasted against the purple flowers. I’m scared of big [...]

May 02 2011 by in Bugs & Pests, Christine's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous | 26 comments

Very Scarey Spider – ID help

Scarey Spider

Not quite gardening but he must have come inside from the garden. I woke up this morning to see this very large spider above my head on the ceiling! I’m generally not scared of spiders. They leave me alone and I stay away from them so I have a fairly healthy relationship with them. But this is just a bit too much for me … and frankly, I’m terrified of this guy [...]

Mar 14 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 6 comments

What are Solifuges?

Haarskeeder

Have you ever in your life seen anything so weird as this?? Found this on our outside deck! Had to do some research on this creature – Hannes calls it a haarskeeder! Members of the order Solifugae,  usually referred to as solifuges, solifugids, solpugids or by an assortment of vernacular names (e.g., camel spiders, false spiders, haarskeerders, jagspinnekoppe, jerrymanders, roman spiders, sun spiders, walzenspinnen, wind scorpions), are a diverse and fascinating, yet [...]