Misunderstood Monster

Probably one of the most misunderstood spider is the Wolf Spider. Many people mistake it for a brown recluse which in all reality does not look anything like it. The Wolf Spider is wonderful pest control worker who requires no payment and uses no harsh chemicals. The female Wolf Spider is an amazing mom. She carries her egg sac by her spinnerets everywhere she goes for approx. 3 weeks. After that her young will live on her back (100s of spiderlings) for approx a week (until the first molt). She will defend her sac and…
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Little Hopper

I had to get out of the house and step away from my post processing work flow before I completely lost my mind. I thought my trip had been in vain until I came across this tiny critter. I will be uploading it to bugguide for an id and will post an update here. Only approx 7mm long and blending in with the grass I almost did not see it. Had it not jumped I would have come home empty handed today. My guess it is Genus Opeia but hey I am just the photographer…
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Spring Really Is Here

You know Spring is officially here when my turtles wake up from their long winter sleep. I wonder how we would look if we went without a bath or food for 6 months. I bet we would not wake up so happy but doubt we would wake up at all…lol. This is Charlie and he is the middle child. He has always been has always been the first to wake up to eat and drink. Clarkie is up too but I did not get any good shots of her as she wanted to soak in…
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Ground Spider

When I saw this spider I thought it was a brown recluse. I have never seen a recluse and every time I see a spider with this "violin" shape I think omg could this be it..lol. I did learn something interesting about spiders from the kind folks at bugguide. Those round looking exhaust pipes coming out the backend are called spinnerets (something a recluse does not have). Did you know that a recluse has only 6 eyes where most spiders have 8? Wow, the things you can learn just from taking pictures! Just goes to…
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