Friday, October 19, 2012


On this bizarre spider's rear?
Getting ready for winter is in full swing, and while dumping ashes from the fireplace I nearly stepped on this thing waddling across the front stoop.  After dropping the can of ashes in front of the steps while hopping over it and making Three Stooges noises (nuuuggghhhh), I sent a messenger inside to get the son.   We tormented the thing taking pictures while it labored down the side of the steps...

and into the low ground cover.   The body on the thing was as large as a quarter and about as tall as a dime.     Until we find out what it does we will not be dumping poison down the hole larger than a quarter it squeezed into in the dirt just on the edge of the ground cover.

Although I take being freaked by spiders to a whole new level, the designs on the back of the thing were absolutely intriguing, and seeing as how it did not jump or make any defensive moves we allowed him to live for now.
The MOUSE SPIDERS that are sneaking into the basement are quite the different story.
We have found  only one female and by the size of it, it's lookin' like it probably eats its mate , along with unruly young....
and close to twenty males.  We continue to search for the point of entry as they are venomous.  Bites are capable of killing mice and small cats.....EEEEK.
Considering the fact that Precious is always on the look-out - even while trying to nap - we are on a collision course with disaster until we find it.
Onward with " WINTERIZING"   -  ah  YUK?  -  then settling in for hibernation...



  1. Strange markings indeed on that spider. Mouse spiders? I never heard of them, but I don't want to see any, either! Scary, and I like most spiders...

  2. Amazing and interesting design on its back. I looked it up and think it is a marbled orb weaver.
    Now those mouse spiders are not nearly as cute and remind me why I don't like spiders particularly.

  3. It's called a Marbled Orb Weaver (Araneus marmoreus) and are in the family Araneidae ;-)

  4. Hey Thanks guys! Now I can look it up and see what it eats!!! Warren The Kid has LED lites now for his plane its out of control, he needed a larger something to move the flaps so that it would fly !!

  5. He's got the bug I see. Which interestingly enough is what that spider (female by the way) eats.

  6. We left it alone BUT it's still having an effect on my spider phobia!!! And the kid having the "bug" doesnt quite do his obsession justice, he's got teeny video cameras attached to everything he flies, like drones.... The best videos are from the choppers which hover !

  7. I use to raise tarantulas. I had 7 different species. The biggest one I had was a Goliath Bird eater (Theraphosa Blondi). It had a leg span of 11 inches and 3/4" fangs plus it hissed when it was angry.
    RC helicopters look like fun. I'd like to get into those one day.