Thursday, July 29, 2010

Goin’ fishin’

It is not always possible for us humans to live in peaceful coexistence with the flora and fauna who want to share our space. It has everything to do with picking your battle and where the line in the sand will be drawn. Some people fight with dandelions in their lawn. I could care less about dandelions, but we do carry on a relentless battle against Japanese honeysuckle, multiflora rose, and poison ivy.

We have not done anything about the little bat that shows up every other day just as the sun rises to hang at the top in the stairwell leading up from the garage to the second story of our house.


It does not seem to poop during the day while it is sleeping, so there is no pile on the floor under where it sleeps. It isn’t hurting anything. Why not let it hang there?

We are fairly tolerant of helpful insects (insects that eat other insects) that find their way indoors. We usually catch and release. We mostly let spiders hang around.

Even this spider.



The piece of wood it is next to is 4 inches wide. I was a bit astonished the first time I spotted it on the concrete blocks of our walk-in basement.



I had no clue what she was, but I was able to find a very nice group of people at Spider identification.org who were happy to tell me that this was an adult female Dolomedes tenebrosus, or a fishing spider.


Here she is eating a cricket. I probably would not have allowed her to live in the house with us, but she is OK in the basement.

I think perhaps she has indeed lived up to her name and "gone fishing" because I have not seen her around for several days now.

1 comment:

Donna said...

I don't like bats or spiders in my house! Especially big spiders. As a kid I spent a night with my cousins on their farm; they slept upstairs, and when a door to a storage room was opened that night, a bat came flying out and scared me to death. I didn't get much sleep that night.