If you do not like insects or spiders - if you are in anyway arachnophobic, entomophobic, insectophobic ... then click away and do not look here because I am going to post photos of creatures with more than 4 legs
Because yesterday was a day for interesting encounters with wild-life.
First I was doing a little gardening - I have a very little garden in the inner-city and I'm proud of any form of nature that takes up residence.
The rosemary bush needed pruning as it would like to be a rosemary tree and I disturbed a wonderfully camouflaged praying mantis.
I only saw her / him because she / he moved ... can you see it? Hint - is upside down.
Perhaps if I rotate a photo ...
Not large by mantis standards, about 1.5 - 2" long - very green - white "racing stripes" down the sides of a plump abdomen (making it look very like the rosemary leaves) a bit of bright orange on those deadly front claws and yellow / orange eyes.
I don't know which species the praying mantis is - trying to work out the species of insects makes me too too confused. Sorry.
Then - late in the evening I was busy knitting mini Snowmen ornaments when that 6th sense made me look behind me ... at the window sill where I had put the completed Snowmen ...
The funny way the knitted snowmen look like they are trying to sneak away - meant I had to get the camera and take photos.
This Huntsman spider has been living in our house & garden for about 4 months now - we get them in the house every spring / summer but this one is quite distinctively and prettily marked. I think it is a male (has a thin body / abdomen) - not sure and those pretty markings make me want to think of it as feminine. He has almost doubled in size since we first saw him (and I've found a couple of empty exoskeletons) so he must be finding plenty to eat round our place. They are marvelous natural pest control!
Here is another photo with better lighting - you can really see the beautiful markings.