One thing about a vacation; I've got a whole new batch of insects and spiders to look at. Even when I've only travelled a few miles.
I've been prowling around the house and garden here in Strathcona, looking in all the corners and under leaves. And here are some of the spiders I have found.
(I just crashed my daughter's computer, trying to browse BugGuide, and now the mouse won't work. So IDs will have to wait.)
Found at night, in a corner of a bedroom. So elegant!
This is another night prowler. Very tiny, a few millimetres toe to toe. But an efficient predator, judging by the detritus. He is extremely shy, so as soon as the camera gets anywhere in his vicinity, he turns tail and buries his nose in the corner. Wishing for a real hole, no doubt; he pulls in the legs and bundles himself up into a tiny spot of black. I haven't been able to see the pattern on his back clearly at all.
A daytime spider. These are all over the garden. I've been pruning and weeding, and they take off running in every direction when I bag up my cuttings.
This one was on the underside of a hydrangea leaf, along with the zebra jumping spider I posted this morning. Daytime, again. It's trying to climb up the slippery, shiny dog dish; the reflections make it very leggy.
That lump? I think it must be eggs, and she's standing guard. "You'll get to my babies only over my dead body," she says.
And tonight, out on the porch, I found one of the cross spiders in its web. Most of them are active in the daytime, building webs across pathways where humans will run into them. I am surprised to see a web still intact at night.