I called @sleighty83 to see what was up and they asked if I had the screwdrivers in hand. No, weirdos, I’ve known @david_rohaden long enough to call and find out why before actually searching and I was right, he was just trying to see if I would hunt them down 😂 (scroll for messages)
I love taking pictures of live bugs — the challenge of getting a clear shot of something so skittish and small and the thrill of capturing them doing cool shit never gets old. Everything doing its part and living in its own place is beautiful.
There is also beauty in death. It’s every bit as natural as life, and a necessary part of the natural world. Animals don’t fear it in the same way we do; they have an instinct to live out their natural lives, to produce young and to avoid death by accident or predators, but they don’t fear growing old and dying. Instinct to survive, not a desire to live. We humans attribute this to them based on our own fears, but animals don’t feel it. When they die, their remains fall into some other animal’s life cycle.
Reasonably thinking this is a brown recluse; it has six eyes, in three pairs of two, with the classic fiddle back, and smooth legs. I mean I’m just an enthusiast, not an expert or anything, and Brown recluses are one of the most misidentified spiders out there. If it’s brown, it must be a recluse!! Most of the time, they are really not. This one looks like it might be, though. What do you think, @arachnoaddict?
These guys are not the nightmares we tend to think they are. As the name suggests, they are reclusive; I found this one under a bunch of wood. Their bites don’t necessarily necrotize or “melt” your flesh much of the time, though they can, and they can be dangerous. Most bites attributed to brown recluses are actually some other kind of bite that gets infected or that we react more strongly than usual to. Spider bites are prone to infection because we scratch the shit out of them! They itch and they’re sore! Just leave them alone — both your bug bites and the spiders that might give them. Spiders are generally friends, not foes, even the more venomous ones.