creepy crawlies

We’re well renowned for our deadly animals down here in UpsideDown Land.

You name any number of ways to get bitten, pronged, chomped, eaten, zapped, stung and poisoned, we’ve got something, usually pretty small and easily missed, that can do you in without breaking sweat.

As some of you might recall, I got bitten by a whitetail spider when I first arrived here and wasn’t that pleased by the effects (nausea, vertigo, general falling over and a big black bite site on my hand that lasted about 3 weeks).  Handily, they’re wandering spiders, seeking out other spiders to nosh on.  Which means they often wander around the house, relatively unseen.

I found one in the study yesterday.  meh.

The other joyful spider we have here is the famous redback.

I’ve seen lots of these little wonders about the place and I’m not to bothered by them, as nasty and toxic as they are, they’re very timid and tend hide out of the way – only coming out at night really.

We get them in the garage a lot and I always keep an eye out for their tell tale messy webs and long strands at 45 degrees anchored to the ground.

The other week I almost walked into one as I was putting the bins out – it had strung itself from the wall to the car at knee height and was happily waiting for its prey or a blundering me to chow down on.   So I’ve been a bit more careful at night now, keeping a good watch out as I really don’t want to get bitten.

And tonight, they’re back.  With their friends too.

Ten of the bit fat black and red striped mummas, all in easily stumbled into places at the front of the house and at ankle height, sitting on their trip wire web strands well out into the garage.  meh!!

So, a can of spray later, they’re all gone.  Well, the ones that I could see.

Trouble is, now all I can feel is things crawling up my leg..

spiderific

For those of a delicate persuasion, look away now, go google kittens and stuff.

I was in the shed doing things blokes do in sheds (organise tools, tidy up, take stock, tinker with my bike etc) when I saw a huntsman

yey – I had reported a few weeks ago that I thought the huntsman was dead – well, it might have been and this could be a youngster, or maybe it moulted – who knows. Anyways, it was pretty dark, so I couldn’t really take decent photos, but – here’s my feeble attempt at ISO4000 on the camera.

Mr (or Mrs) Huntsman

huntsman

huntsman


huntsman

huntsman

I hope he/she lives a long a happy life – I’m leaving it be and making sure its safe – as big and fast moving as it is (about 6 inches/15cm across), its part of a healthy redback/whitetail eating ecosystem that I fully encourage

redback season

I think it must have warmed up just enough for the spiders to come out.

Found quite a few redbacks around the outside of the house today and the girls just found one in the bathroom. Only small ones, so they’re obviously just hatching and getting settled, but small ones inside the house is still not good.

I’ll go get some barrier spray tomorrow and spray the patio furniture and some of the window frames and stuff – not everywhere as I don’t want to kill indiscriminately, spiders are part of the ecosystem like anything else, I just don’t want the really bitey ones inside or to get too comfortable right outside the house.

Speaking of good spiders, found the hunstsman that was living in the shed dead today 😦 I hadn’t realised how big it was – almost the size of my palm stretched out, tiny body though.

Huntsman

Huntsman

Although they are big, they’re timid and pretty harmless. I hope it had babies.