Sunday, June 29, 2008

L is for Lycosidae

Or in layman's terms, that is one big ass spider! I saw it on my front porch one night as I was bringing in Sherman from a walk. At first I thought it was a piece of mulch or a rock, but when I got close I realized it was a spider. So I ran inside to get the camera and something to put into the photo for scale.

I put the quarter down on the cement and edged it closer to the spider with a really long stick. I didn't want to get that close to the thing. I was actually surprised how long the thing stayed there before running away. The word running isn't really too much of a stretch either - this sucker was fast!

I really had no idea what kind of spider this was, but I found this site online, bugguide.net. You can post a picture of your unknown bug or spider and someone will help identify it for you. That is where I came up with the name for this guy. I did read that these spiders don't build webs, but instead live in the debris and leaves around a foundation of a house sometimes. And that was exactly where he ran off towards. It has definitely curtailed my interests in weeding those areas.

11 comments:

IrishgirlieKnits said...

EEEK!! Ummmm...cool picture, but yeah, I wouldn't want to get that close!

Emily said...

Yikes that thing is really scary!

Trillian42 said...

Holy CRAP. That thing is HUGE! *shudder*

bockstark.knits said...

OMG, that thing is HUUUUUGGGEEEE! I hope they're not poisonous?

Julie said...

You are a True Blogger - I would have stepped on it and then realized "Sh*t, I should have taken a picture first!"

Zonda said...

ewww!!! I wouldn't want to weed either!!

Esoteric Knitter said...

That's freaking huge!!

Bezzie said...

I hate it when they're fast. I can handle ugly and relatively slow--but fast...eek!

angelarae said...

Okay...my skin is crawling...thanks for that...

Ang

rina said...

omg you should of seen the grimace i made when i saw this. kudos to you, i would not have gone this close to take a picture. it would of jumped for my face!

Anonymous said...

And WTF didn't you squash him????? He'd been bird food for sure if I found him in my gardn.

Your HHH pal.