Sunday, October 28, 2007

Is there an arachnologist in the house?

For your viewing pleasure--or, possibly, displeasure if you suffer from arachnophobia--allow me to introduce you to my newest neighbor (click the image for a much larger and more detailed photo):

Sadly, the beautiful details of its posterior were hidden in shadow:

According to this paper, there are around 30,000 known spider species in the world, but only about 200 of them are known to harm humans. In all likelihood, my new neighbor is not part of the dangerous bunch, but just to be safe, I would recommend against attempting to steal anything from my patio for the time being!


IndianWildlifeClub said...

Found your postings interesting. The media is full of the raging wildfires of California. How have the animals coped? especially the ones in zoos?

Catherine said...

Augh augh AUGH!