Monday, September 7, 2009

Life & Death @ The Lovenest

Hey, nature isn't all nice fluffy deer running through the woods and birds twittering in springtime. It's a jungle out there. Even when "out there" is on the deck of our lil' own Lovenest.

Warren was reminded of that this morning when he went out on the porch and happened to glance through the door on to the deck. He was greeted with this sight:



We tend to get a lot of spiders around here, since we live smack dab in the woods and don't, don't, don't use insecticide, herbicide or pesticide of any kind. (Lisa's bee hives wouldn't like it for one thing). So we tend to get quite a few critters, including spiders, around the house -- especially this time of year, in late summer.

This one, we think, is a Garden Spider, but we're not positive, since we couldn't make any exact matches with our field guides. (Yes, we own field guides to insects and spiders, as well as birds, fish, mammals, stars, trees, flowers and other natural wonders). Birdcouple would welcome any help with the ID...

So, the Katydid becomes the spider. ... And life in the big forest continues.

UPDATE: Thanks to our dear friend, Kay Charter, who runs one of our favorite non-profits, Saving Birds Thru Habitat and the help of Doug Tallamy, author of the essential guide for your yard - Bringing Nature Home, our backyard friend has been id-ed as a Araneus marmoreus, a common orb weaver.

3 comments:

Chris Petrak said...

How right you are about nature. I had a dispute (minor) when my favorite companion yesterday freed a bee from a spider web, but as a bee keeper, perhaps she had a proprietary interest in the rescue. In our cozy cocoons, we forget how tough the world outside can be. But why I am saying this to a journalist?! BTW, how has your zucchini crop been? You've had more haven't you?

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Chris - We HAVE had more zucchini! But it's getting to the end of the season. Some deer came by last night and ate all the leaves of of Lisa's bell pepper plants, but not the peppers...

dAwN said...

Yikes..nice shots!