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Spider with her egg sack

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Spider with egg sac

We have many of these cellar spiders in our house—too many, in fact. I feel that it’s partly my fault because I don’t like to kill them. I will catch and release spiders outside but more often than not I just let them be. Which means they’re left to multiply and build more messy webs. The other morning I found two in our kitchen and one had an object that didn’t look like a meal. I was getting ready for work so considered just leaving them alone, but I was fascinated by the object and thought it might be an egg sack. Ooooh! I’d love to photograph that. Long story short (errrr… sort of) I did pull out my camera, macro lens, flash and a large corning ware dish. I caught each spider and put the female in the dish. They can climb walls and many things, but have trouble with glass and ceramic. The white casserole dish made a decent photo studio and kept her in one place.

Close up of spider and egg sac

Close up of spider and egg sac

She was holding onto an egg sack and here are some pictures. I thought the pattern on the eggs was really something; they were certainly not what I’d expected. In many ways, these are uninteresting spiders. They don’t have much color, are extremely common, and leave their messy webs everywhere. As is often the case, however, there can be something interesting when you look very closely.

two spiders

Female and male cellar spiders

The second was definitely a male, possibly her mate although she wasn’t particularly interested in him. She seemed pretty upset to be in the dish. After I snapped several shots I released them both outside.

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Ladybug-like Beetle

Small Beetle

Small Beetle

Often at lunch time I take a walk with my camera. It’s not a good area for walking, but if you look close you can always find something interesting. The other day I had my macro lens on my camera and found this little beetle. The sun came through the leaves just enough to light him up. I thought he was interesting. His front half looked just like a ladybug, but his back half was quite different. I’m sure he’s related. I tried to find him online (a great site for bug identification is Bugguide) without success, but did learn there are many different kinds of ladybugs, so maybe he’s in that group somewhere.

Beetle jaws

Beetle jaws

Check out that mouth! I wouldn’t want to be an aphid near that. It’s funny how he looks cute in the first shot and fearsome in this one.

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