While I’m busy in the studio with a painting project, here are some photos of creepy critters in my garden and the creepiest of all, on a big SUV.

First I opened my front door to grab the mail and as I reached out, this was guarding my mailbox box. She turned her little ET head towards me in a friendly sort of way.

I reached for my mailbox and...

I reached for my mailbox and...

But I thought Praying Mantises were green? Are they chameleons?

Spooky Shadow!

Spooky Shadow!

Then I was watering the garden and spotted this big guy.

Big Hefty Spider. Should I be scared?

Big Hefty Spider. Should I be scared?

I’m curious whether it’s a kind of spider I should be worried about. She? was huge! If you know, do tell. I touched a silken strand leading to her web and she went running down it, thinking something juicy had landed there.

Here’s what she looks like from on top:

Big one from above

Big one from above

And this pretty little one was hanging out nearby.

Little Pretty Spider

Little Pretty Spider

Maybe about to be lunch for the big guy?

And now for the creepiest of all…I saw this giant Yukon SUV in the parking lot at the doctor’s office. Can you imagine being someone who would hang these on their car? They even had a baby seat on the back seat, fully equipped with a TV screen facing it. Scary.

What were they thinking! Yuck!

What are they thinking! Yuck!

I hope I haven’t ruined your day with obscene car accessories and insects! Maybe I should remove this last picture? Or the license plate number? But I guess if they have the balls to hang them off their car in public, they mean to be seen. Or am I joining them in contributing to the downfall of civilization by posting it? And oh yeah, the Yukon gets 12 mpg and costs over $42.000.

More art coming soon.

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  1. Sweet pics! (all except the last one). Those are all good insects and arthropods, not to worry. The big “cat face” spider (so called because the design on the back of her abdomen looks like a face) is harmless, and reduces annoying insect pests. Same with the little hunter spider, and the sweet mantis. I love them. They are usually green, but also can be tan or brown. I’m not sure if they can change color, would love to know.

    So, all of these creatures are good and much much more beneficial than the humans represented by the final photo. 😦

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    • Hah! You are so right about that last comment! Especially when considering the 12 mpg their SUV gets. I looked it up and mantids do change colors as a means of camaflouge from their prey and their enemies.
      Jana

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  2. interesting pix…and yes you should leave the last one…AND the licence plate number..haha. I remember the first time I ever saw a praying mantis…I was totally fascinated…your ET comment was right on. I’m glad Kathryn knew what your visitors were.

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  3. I wish I had your balls….LOL…

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  4. Hi Jana,
    Great pic’s. Kathryn’s right, all good guys except for the SUV. I would get out the fly swatter for that one.
    Oh by the way, I love the blue sketch.

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  5. Yep! All goodies. Although, and this would be an exception, not the rule, some people do react adversely to even “harmless” spider bites. In my experience, these people almost always have other more serious problems and it’s likely the spider venom, in combination with other medications produces the reaction.
    That cute lil spider (the hunter) looks like one of the jumping ones we see here. The one we call “huntsman” could span an octave!
    Now, could I send you some midges to feed to them? Cos the *(&$!~#!! midges are eating ‘way too much of me!

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    • “Midges” sound so friendly. I don’t think I’ve ever seen or felt one, but I’m sorry they’re giving you a hard time. I’m so happy there aren’t any mosquitos or other little flying biting pests around here. Jana

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  6. If that last pic doesn’t epitomize what is wrong these days, I don’t know what would!

    Great close ups of your new friends:)

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