Sunday, April 01, 2007

2 photos

OK, photo number one is for the See It Sunday theme--cool. This is an example of my "drive by shooting" series, i.e. taken from the car while stopped at a stop light.

Walking to school

Photo number 2 comes with a request. Does anyone know what kind of a spider this is? I've never seen one with a body like this. First I thought it was a seed (the end looks like one). It also reminds me a bit of a hermit crab with all the colored legs clustered at one end. Snail--don't let me down.

I found it under a rock (sort of)

9 comments:

Kathe said...

Both are great shots!

I made a (weak) attempt at finding the name of that spider online, but to no avail. But did come up with a possible resource for ya:
http://www.museum.state.il.us/
I searched through their images, but didn't see anything even remotely similar. (And, believe me, there's not much there to search through.)

I know I said it was creepy...but I did make it my "mission" to I.D. that li'l bugger. At least for a short time I did. :^)

Kathe said...

oops...wrong link

http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismdepts/zoology/spiders/index.html

JC said...

Brown Recluse or (Yellow) Sac... maybe (scroll down)
http://www.royalalbertamuseum.ca/natural/insects/research/dangspid.htm

sarala said...

I did a little research too. The brown recluse comment creeped me out a little. I've heard they have a nasty bite. It seems they are rare in Chicago. I think it might be a woodlouse spider, Dysdera crocata or a trachelas. Here is the link I found http://department.monm.edu/biology/recluse-project/photo-gallery.htm. I'm going to e-mail this guy because he is researching brown recluses in my area.

Kathe said...

I think you're right. It looks like a Trachelas to me too.

Snail said...

I think it's a woodlouse spider (Dysdera crocata) too, but I'm not up on North American species. I've written a couple of illustrated posts about the woodlouse (or slater) spiders in my garden. The posts are Jaws on land and Fangs a bunch. (No, I'm not proud of those titles.)

sarala said...

Well, the local scientist got back to me promptly--sometimes scientists are so cool about things like this. He says definitely a woodlouse spider and only dangerous if you're a woodlouse. I'll still keep my distance thanks. And thanks to all who looked up my little friend.

Attila The Mom said...

How do you get those drive-by pictures so clear?

As for the spider---I hate to say it, but I'd be running away screaming instead of trying to identify it! LOL

Self Taught Artist said...

the drive by is surprising!
its perfect. its the blink of an eye.