Lovebugs everywhere

The lovebugs seem to be especially abundant this summer. I suspect it has something to do with all the rain we’ve been getting this year.

Lovebugs
Lovebugs

I was putting up the antenna this morning for the Tennessee QSO party and there were hundreds of them swarming around the side of the house.

Lovebug swarm
Lovebug swarm
Lovebug swarm
Lovebug swarm
Lovebug swarm
Lovebug swarm

All those small black specks on the house are bugs. They seemed to find the antenna mast a good spot to rest.

Lovebug swarm
Lovebug swarm

Work spiders

A couple of days ago, while I was walking in to work from the parkade I spotted a spinybacked orbweaver (gasteracantha cancriformis)and it’s web strung between some shrubs and a tree. Almost ran into the darned thing. They’re one of the neater looking spiders I’ve come across. Tried to get some pictures of it with my cell phone, but the camera’s autofocus kept focusing on the background. The next day I brought in my little Sony point and shoot, but still had the same problem. Autofocus kept focusing on the background .

So today I brought in the DSLR. Fortunately the spider and it’s web was still around so I was able to (finally) get some pictures.

Spiny orbweaver

Spiny orbweaver

As I was leaving, I also saw this fine specimen of a Golden silk orbweaver/banana spider a little higher up in a tree on the other side of the sidewalk. Like the spiny orbweaver, the phone and little camera wouldn’t focus on the spider, so I got a few shots of it today.

Spiny orbweaver

Spiny orbweaver

Spiny orbweaver

Unfortunately when I left work, the spiny orbweaver had gone, web and all. My guess is someone wasn’t paying attention and walked into the web, sending the spider into the bushes, or hitching a ride with whoever walked into it. The banana spider was still there though.

Carolina Mantis

Spotted this guy, which I believe is a Carolina Mantis, hanging out near the garage yesterday morning. A little different from the other green mantises that I sometimes see around the house. I think it’s got some neat brown camoflauge coloration going on.

Carolina Mantis

Carolina Mantis

Carolina Mantis