Long Bodied Cellar Spider

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, this is a long bodied cellar spider. I tried to get some of its web to be visible, as it’s not what people normally think of as a spiderweb.


I had been keeping an eye on this spider. Before laying these eggs, its abdomen was stretched to what looked like near-bursting.


Crevice Spider Couple

These crevice spiders were living in a piece of rusted metal that was half-buried in my yard. I can’t tell whether this is a male and a female, or two females.

Freeing a Gordian Worm from an Earwig

An earwig scurrying across your kitchen table instead of hiding in a dark crevice is a sure sign that something is wrong with it. After I crushed it, I knew immediately that the coiled white threads spilling out of it were not intestines.

They were parasites.

So I put it in a small bowl of water to watch them wriggle free of their host.



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