Who can blame the creatures for avoiding me and the camera. Even though I try to tell them that fame and fortune will be theirs. 😉

On the fence!

Then the Showy Grasshopper (Hesperotettix speciosus) nymph decided they had enough of this photographer and ducked under the wire. 😉

Looking for signs of cats.

While there were no cats, this may have been the tiniest Jumping Spider (Phidippus). Ants were there too.

Still I was checking the Crotons for Goatweed Leafwing butterfly caterpillars.

Instead I found a Southern Black Widow (Latrodectus mactans)!

Furthermore she let me get close to see her eight eyes arranged in two rows!

And what the heck I stopped at the sunflower to find a leafhopper (Cicadellidae) nymph!
And the tad bigger Lace Bug (Tingidae)!

A spider’s nest in the nest box. No surprise there. LOL.
Then I shut the door and I saw the spider, a Jumping Spider (Phidippus texanus).
So I would open and shut the door. They kept scurrying to the other side out of sight.

Under the door.

Finally they paused on the outside. I parted with a thank you.

Time to go check more boxes…

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Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know


  1. I’ve seen lots of spiders this year too. Love those jumping spiders and the look of a face on them.

      1. Mary, do they actually have 4 eyes, a pair of large ones and a pair of small ones? I love to just stare at them. Such cool characters.

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