Slugyard is back! Unfortunately I lost a little over a year’s worth of posts when I moved the site to my new host. So it’s time to start catching up…
Above is a photo taken of the side of one of my raised beds. See the spider?
These small dark spiders are . . . → Read More and See Photos: Back at it! Wolf Spiders Sunning
“Dad, hurry up!” That is a sentence I hear a lot around my house. Luckily, this time my son was calling me outside to look at something. I asked what was going on and he said “A Cross Spider has a Boxelder Bug caught in its web!” Not bad for an 8-year old, huh?
. . . → Read More and See Photos: Cross Spider Cuts Boxelder Bug Loose
Yesterday in my backyard I saw this flower on a plant poking through my neighbor’s fence. Wait a second- is that really a flower?
No! It is a bunch of spiderlings, or baby spiders.
According to Insects of the Pacific Northwest by Peter and Judy Haggard, these are Black-and-yellow Argiopes (or Garden . . . → Read More and See Photos: Spider Flower?
I found this spider on a stinging nettle leaf in the woods behind our house. I moved in for some closeups, being careful of course not to get pricked by the stingers on the bottom of the nettle leaf!
This spider has some seriously long front legs, and is in an interesting . . . → Read More and See Photos: Spider Stretching Out
As I posted about a couple of times over the last few weeks, I built this rain garden in my backyard. Two of my roof downspouts empty into it and the water fills the garden for a while before it slowly sinks into the ground. The plants are starting to grow and leaf out . . . → Read More and See Photos: Rain Garden Wildlife
Now that we are starting to see some insects in the yard, the Cross Spiders have returned. These spiders are not native but pretty soon they will be everywhere. They spin large orb webs between trees and plants and wait in the middle of the web for an insect to fly into it.
. . . → Read More and See Photos: As the Insects Flourish, So Do the Cross Spiders
This spider was inside our house climbing around on our oven. It looks a lot like a Long-legged Sac Spider. According to Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America by Arthur V. Evans, these spiders are usually seen in homes where they live inside appliances. They also bite- and apparently the bite . . . → Read More and See Photos: Spider Anatomy
This bug was hanging on just outside of my front door. In this case, it really IS a bug. Confused? Even though people usually call any insect a bug, there is a certain group of insects that are actually known as “true bugs”. Stink bugs, squash bugs, and leaf-footed bugs are just a few . . . → Read More and See Photos: Really a Bug