I really don’t know what to say about this particular spider. I’m not able to find much information. I know that they like moist locations (wood, bark, stones) and aren’t known to be a threat when it comes to bites. They get their name from the irregular “tube” shaped web they spin. I think this particular one is a female.
The Carpenter Bee – invading decks and wood siding since, well, probably the invention of decks and wood siding. These are the big clumsy, loud buzzing, bees thatoften buzz your head as you’re trying to relax on your deck at the end of a hard day.
The female of this species is the one that does all the damage. She bores the holes for the nests while the male usually posts guard – threatening anything that goes near the nest. Agressive as they may seem, the males have no stingers and can’t really cause any harm , although the females can.
As intimidating as they seem, they are actually quite beneficial to the environment as they are very productive polinators and are often mistaken for bumble bees due to their similar appearance (hint: these have a shiny black abdomen).
Firebrats are closely related to the silverfish in appearance and really just about everything else. They do prefer more humid environments with a higher temperature. They eat a wide variety of things high in protein, sugar, and starch. This includes fabrics, glue in book bindings, flour, and cereal products. Yes, they have come for your lucky charms.They are quick little devils too. I would have liked to have gotten a better shot of this fella, but they are camera shy. Im fairly certain that a better photo opportunity won’t come up.
UPDATE! A new one must have read this post and decided to pose for a new photo. See below.
According to the childhood me, these are the most fun bugs ever. I remember having so much fun watching them roll up into little balls.
What’s really interesting about them is that they aren’t insects at all. They are actually terrestrial crustaceans. They’ll usually be found in damp locations feeding on moss algea or other decaying organic matter. They like moist areas, not just for the food, but also because, since they breathe using a type of gill, they must remain moist to survive. They have a typical lifespan of 2 to 3 years.
(Don’t tell the spider from the previous post that these guys are up here!)
These are also commonly called daddy long-legs spiders, but I more associate that name with the harvestman which I’ll hopefully cover not too long from not (I have to find one first!). I see these quite a lot in my basement. It’s odd, though, that I seem to find a lot more dead ones than living. They spin very messy tangled webs in corners of damp dark places. It’s also quite interesting that certain species of this spider invade the webs of others to eat them, their eggs, and even to steal their prey.
The good old nightcrawler. After a good rain, my yard is literally crawling with these (pun intended). I would estimate a saturation of about 12 worms/sq ft. in the evening after a good rain. If i’m very still and very quiet, I can hear them emerging and retracting back into the moist soil. I can thank them for the nutritious castings they leave scattered about my lawn.