This challenge was originally to have been all about this great huge and very big spider that jumped onto the head of my friend Jenn's cat, Daisy, and the interesting, if somewhat gruesome, things said spider has been said to do.
|Daisy wonders where it went. Photo by Jenn Jilks|
Critters who do things like that make me very nervous. Behind her ear. Ugh.
This one is Dolomedes Triton, a six-spotted fishing spider. The myth, Jenn says, is that they eat fish.
The truth is, they eat water striders and other water bugs (or anything else they want to eat, apparently not including cats).
Another myth, and this is why I thought it would make a good Toads challenge, is that the females often eat the males during courtship.
It seems the truth, however, according to a Wikipedia article about Triton's cousin, Dolomedes Fimbriatus, is that females who have already bred will eat males who attempt to breed with them thereafter.
D. Fimbriatus is heftier than her cousin, and singularly unattractive, in my opinion. I can't see why anyone would want to get near her, never mind mate with her.
The most interesting thing (again, in my opinion) about the Dolomedes girls is that they carry their eggs around in silk bags in their jaws, until they have hatched, as the ones in the photo below, have done, then leave them to find their way out of the bag and into the world unaided.
|Wikipedia photo, Dolomedes Fimbriatus|
|Photo by Jenn Jilks|
|Daisy and her sister Dorah love to accompany Jenn on walks,|
even where the ground is wet. Photo by Jenn Jilks
|Canada Goose with gosling. Photo by Jenn Jilks|
|Tree frog. Photo by Jenn Jilks|
|I don't want to come out to play. Photo by Jenn Jilks|
|The baby phoebes in this nest are just beginning|
to open their eyes. Photo by Jenn Jilks
|And, for me, a darlin' duckling.|
Photo by Jenn Jilks
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