Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Funny Face

21 comments:

Tanya Brown said...

Oh, wow; is that one of the evicted residents of your porch?

Loved your last post, BTW, although I did feel a teensy bit sorry for the childrenlonglegs.

sMC said...

ummm

meggie said...

Eeeeek!

thailandchani said...

LOL! Funny!

Loved your last post, too. I wish I could be better about laughing when a bunch of stuff goes wrong. :)


Peace,

~Chani
http://thailandgal.blogspot.com

tracey petersen said...

Spider is sitting there thinking he/she looks so tough that no bird will dare to come near... and you call it funny face!

Sooziii said...

What a happy little camper!!

eastcoastdweller said...

Crablike Spiny Orb Weaver!

riseoutofme said...

Handsome devil.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

YIKES!!

That's one face I hope I never see!


Scarlett & V.

Isabelle said...

What in the world is that? Is it a Crablike Spiny Orb Weaver or did eastcoastdweller invent this? Come on; some of us live in cool, damp places where the insects are small and brown. We need to know.

Aunty Evil said...

No way in the world am I clicking on that photo for a close up look. I just know there is a spider in there somewhere.

eastcoastdweller said...

I didn't invent the name. If I could name that little beastie, it would be "Tiny Clown Face as Depicted by Picasso," or "Entomologist's Nightmare" or "The Last Thing that Aging Alcoholic Bug Lovers see Before They Die," something more fun like that.

Ali Honey said...

Wow, that's amzing.
Hey, a pair of them would make exciting ear rings!

We have a similar fellow with yellow spikes over here in NZ.

Thimbleanna said...

Eeeewwwww, what the heck IS it????

Molly said...

No. Not a former resident of the porch!. I came upon him one recent morning out in the shade, among the trees and bushes. I thought he was beautiful. I brought an upturned bucket to sit on, and spent about an hour chilling with him [my vocabulary has been seriously affected by my children] and trying to get some decent pics of his gorgeousness, and admiring his web, which truly was a thing of beauty. I even watched him make some repairs. I was careful not to go blundering through and cause more damage.
ECD is exactly right---he is an orb weaver. I had no clue, but I showed the pic to an entomologist in the neighbourhood and that's what he called him. How did you happen to know such an interesting, if obscure, tidbit of info, Dweller? I have another beautiful critter you can help me identify by and by. Funnily enough, I almost called him "clown face," but decided on "funny" because he reminds me of a liitle kid making a face by pulling the sides of his mouth apart with a finger in each....
Just for you Aunty, I'll try to upload one more pic where he has all his spiderlike equipment on view!
I agree Ali, that two would make a great pair of earrings!

Isabelle said...

Well, your blog is very educational, Molly.

Yes, it is lovely to have a houseful on Sundays. But on the other hand, I would also love the leisure to sit for an hour watching a tiny alien invader. We're never content, we humans. Cats, now...

K said...

I think he's rather sweet, but I hope he's not poisonous or anything.

I am hoping to force Mum/Isabelle into doing a little sitting around tomorrow, because I and my husband are cooking the lunch for once! But it's very hard to get her to stay still...

heartinsanfrancisco said...

ET meets Strawberry Shortcake?

Helen said...

Hey, spiders are obviously flavour of the month. What a beauty, I have never seen one like that! Makes my huntsman look very ordianry!

Helen said...

Molly, just remember. We humans are not into providing retirement homes for squatters! Although, you have inspired me to check the corners of my not very often used rooms for squatters.

eastcoastdweller said...

I wish I could invent a reason for my knowledge that would actually make me sound intelligent or something.

(Cue snooty voice): "Frankly, my dear Molly, that pahticular genus of spidehs was the subject of my doctoral dissehtation. I was bored, you know, with my hoarded millions from bonds and stahk investments and such, and my five other degrees no longah interested me, so I thought I would considah entymology this year ..."

But truth is, I have Audobon's field guide to spiders and I flipped to that creature's picture a long time ago and it's not one that you could ever forget.