I’ve posted about these before, but I just captured a great image and wanted to post it. I found this house centipede outside, which leads me to believe that it was opposite day. Anyways, she was kind enough to hold still enough for me to get this great shot. It’s hard to notice the intricate details of their construction when they are gliding across your floor at warp speed.
I found this guy inside of a dilapidated old flower pot out in the back yard. I found myself in awe of it’s beautiful iridescent green fangs (which are huge by the way). I would have been even more in awe if I was able to witness the reported 50 times their body length that these things can jump.
These are very common in the area, though I’ve never seen one before. They don’t spin webs (except when laying eggs or to hide in). Also, they have bitchin’ eyes.
Chiggers. I remember seeing these things all the time growing up. I also remember my dad telling me that they were red because the were “full of blood”. Hearing that, I imagines them as little translucent sacs of my blood running around on eight tiny legs. This is hardly the case. Although, I must say, that version is way more exciting, and possibly, a great starting point for a horror film. I can imagine it now… oh wait, bugs… sorry 🙂
They belong to a family of mites called Trombiculid mites. They go through a pretty standard life cycle – eggs, larva, nymph and adult. The larva feed on skin cells (not your blood). It’s actually more tame than drinking your blood. They just climb onto the host animal (or human) and inject a digestive enzyme into the skin. This allows them to form a hole in the skin and eat it from the inside. Okay, this is starting to seem a little bit like a horror movie again.
Anyways, after this phase, they drop to the ground, become nymphs, then mature, then feed on plants. In a nutshell, they get boring.