Snail

Snail

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

Tags: grasshopper

Spider. Jumping Spider, I believe. But I could be wrong. ;)

Praying Mantis, I think. :)

Anonymous said: that red and black bug you posted looked like a velvet ant/cow killer.

Thank you so much for answering! :) I’m still learning about the insects around me.

Saw this on FB and had to share here. What is this creature? Is it fake?

*EDIT* - Thanks to vita-insectum who answered: I believe this is a Tree Weta. Weta (singular and plural) are orthopterans from New Zealand. I love insects, but this one actually looks scary. (lol)

Saw this on FB and had to share here. What is this creature? Is it fake?

*EDIT* - Thanks to vita-insectum who answered: I believe this is a Tree Weta. Weta (singular and plural) are orthopterans from New Zealand. I love insects, but this one actually looks scary. (lol)

Do you know what kind of caterpillar he is? :) He was very small.

Do you know what kind of caterpillar he is? :) He was very small.

Snail.

This poor insect was torn in half and left on my front porch. I have never seen this kind before. What is it? And why did it die such a gruesome death?

This poor halved creature was dying by my front door. I wonder what killed this insect, and why is it still alive despite the injury. I contemplated putting it out of its misery since it appeared to be suffering, but I didn’t want to disrupt nature if there was good reason why this had happened- like, it was a host, etc. Does anyone know what bug this is? It looks like a wasp of some sort, but I’ve never seen this kind before. It’s pretty, fuzzy, red and black.

Cicada on a hot, summer day.

How to piss off a frog… Hilarious! 

(Source: youtube.com)

Video Part Two. These two large spiders were fighting (or mating) when a third smaller spider tried to get in on the action. Please ignore the discussion in the background. (lol) We were just so shocked by the turn of events. We don’t know why this third spider decided to come down the web, or why the other two chased after it. I’m ignorant when it comes to spiders, so I’m not even sure if these are different species, the same species, etc.

Part 1: While these two are going at it, a third spider tries to join the fray, but it promptly chased off by both. Find the second video on my page to see the chase. :)