Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Porch Predator Post
This huntsman (huntsWOman probably) spider has chosen to hang out above the PFHQ front door this summer.
... so naturally, FC is using the back door to get in to the house.
Remember how I advised you guys to give poisonous snakes about a ten foot safety radius?
With spiders, I like about 20 feet.
Yeah, that sounds about right.
(For a size reference, the staple in the photo is a half inch at least.)
She's not a web builder, but she's incredibly fast, a cheetah of the arachnid world.
I was on my way to a haircut yesterday and this mantis was on the porch barrel as I locked the door.
So I was late for that appointment.
As I crouched down to photograph her, she suddenly disappeared from my viewfinder.
Puzzled, I pulled away from the camera to look for her and ... SHE WAS ON THE CAMERA STARING AT ME.
Then, just to let me know who was boss, she hopped from the camera to my T-shirt and crawled up my neck to stand on my head.
I shot about 5 extended arm self-portrait type shots trying to catch her in that pose, but each time I raised my camera arm she ducked behind my head.
Eventually, I did get my hair cut.
If you'd like to learn about another creepy crawler, check out this post today.