So, what was your guess? One person guessed that it was some sort of a stick insect. Another guessed it was a parasite of some sort.
And considering I left the biggest part of the puzzle out-the fact that it descended on a string of web from the eave-I can understand the difficulty in guessing.
So, what is it?
It’s called a Whip Spider. It gets its name from its whip-like shape. But, as I found out, there is another much more sinister looking spider with the same name. Don’t look below if you get nightmares easily.
Photo credit: http://www.commons.wikimedia.org
But the scientific name for the spider we’re talking about is Argyrodes colubrinus, which means “snake-like”. But don’t worry, these guys only get around 20mm (2cm) long. And although they are cousins to the deadly Black Widow, they are too small to inflict any damage on humans with their venom.
The coolest thing about these guys is that they live mainly on a diet of, not just insects, but other spiders! They rig up a few long threads of silk and lie in wait at the top. When an unlucky spider wanders up and decides to climb up this seemingly convenient silk path, they strike. And their appearance doesn’t send off any alarms since to most prey, they appear to just be a tiny twig stuck on the web.
Another good lesson to never judge a book by its cover!
It’s time for another round of…
What is it?
This is a picture of something I found hanging around outside my door when we lived in the Byfield Rainforest. Other than that, you get no hints.
This is the Wattle moth.
Would you believe it used to look like this?
Photo credit: http://www.brisbaneinsects.com.au
The Wattle moth starts life as this beautiful, yet intimidating caterpillar. Its sting is said to be as painful as multiple wasps stings. Even more interesting is that it gets its toxicity from the plants that it eats. But don’t worry, it soon turns into the mediocre looking moth above and is completely harmless.
A friend of mine, Jen, sent in the following photo of a centipede she found at her house. It’s a bit blurry but if you knew Jen, it’s a miracle the girl even took the time to take the picture at all…before he went to bug heaven. Yes, she went there.
But I forgive her. He’s an intimidating character for the non-bugger.
But, other than running at a freakishly fast rate (hopefully not in your direction) these guys don’t pose much of a threat. If by chance you do get bitten, it’s little worse than a bee sting. Good thing is, these guys will pretty much eat all the other bugs you don’t want in and around your home.
I’m not sure about you, but even I’m a bit unsure if I would want these guys helping me with bug control!
Photo credit: http://www.turbosquid.com
Ever wonder if anyone has ever done bug-themed advertising? (I mean, besides pest control companies.)
Take a look at these.
Here’s an ad from the UK on skin disease.
This next one is for LG Rumor phones with Heidi Klum
*GRAPHIC CONTENT BELOW*
Now, although the ad is somewhat shocking, I believe the French ad about AIDS and the dangers of unprotected sex gets its point across.
So, this week the challenge was for us to show you the world through our eyes and to direct the eye somewhere. This picture was chosen because in my world, these are things I see. I feel the photo draws your eyes in and leads them down the row of the cicada exoskeletons.