Tag Archives: arachnid

Charlotte’s brood

the hose caddy was a nursery.  most of the nursery was moved to the Canadian Hemlock tree  and the hose caddy has made its crumbling way to the trash heap.  of course it was quite a pleasant surprise to find Charlotte’s brood there on the handle of the hose caddy.  i have no idea what variety arachnid Charlotte was.  you can make your best guess from the image what her brood will become.   i am not an arachnid expert.  other than knowing that they are welcome and most definitely belong in the garden.  we are about two miles south of lake Erie.  that means there are an abundance of insects that live around the lake.  and unlike the deer there are an abundance of predators to feast on this bounty.  arachnids, odonates, chiroptera, and avians the list goes on and on.  this morning i saw a very slow predator in the garden.   a leopard, just not the kind you might suppose.  it is a limax maximus.  all part of the garden.  a healthy garden.  my kinda garden.  so without further ado Charlotte’s brood.  i hope to see a few of them later in the season.  and if they should make you cringe remember they are a part of the package.  so just take a step back and enjoy them from a safe distance.  and if you find yourself thinking this list is harmful please take a moment and take a careful look at the alternatives.  and reconsider…

charlotte macro charlotte's brood charlotte's shadow puppets

Not an Itsy Bitsy Spider

This is Pink Super Spider.  It is not an arachnid.  It is from the botanical kingdom.

Pink Super Spider was released back in 1982.  It is a large pink spider – where spider describes the general shape of the flower.  Spiders are blooms with generally skinny petals.  Pink Super Spider was named and introduced several years before the actual spider class was defined.   Under the current rules its petals are too wide to be properly described as a spider.

Some people would argue with a tarantula too.  Too heavy for a web – so it can’t be a spider.

Like the tarantula, Pink Super Spider wins the argument too.

If you would like to see what a spider looks like by today’s standards, then take a look at Suzy Cream Cheese..