I Spy A Spider

Yesterday in the garden I saw a HUGE spider. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a wolf spider and looked more like a tarantula. There is a species of tarantula that lives in Missouri. Unfortunately, I did not get a photo of the spider I saw yesterday, but I was inspired to look back on spiders and bugs I’ve photographed in the past. A few years ago we found a big wolf spider and got a great photo of it:

Wolf Spider on its Egg Sack

Wolf Spider on its Egg Sack: That is a quarter next to the spider!

HOLY GUACAMOLE, right??? The face reminds me of Chewbacca:

Wolf Spider or Chewbacca Spider?

Wolf Spider or Chewbacca Spider?

The spider I saw yesterday was even bigger than this! The body was a lot fatter and the legs were shorter. We love spiders because they eat the “bad” bugs. Here are some more (pleasant!) Spy Garden bug pictures from last year:

Fluffy green catepillar

Fluffy green caterpillar


Not sure what this one is

A HUGE robber fly eating a big fuzzy bumblebee

A HUGE robber fly eating a big fuzzy bumblebee

Polka Dots!

Polka Dots!

Zebra Swallowtail Catepillars Munching on Dill Plants

Zebra Swallowtail Caterpillars Munching on Dill Plant

Zebra Swallowtail Caterpillar Munching on Dill Plants

Zebra Swallowtail Caterpillar Munching on Dill Plant

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Love the eyes of this little Eastern Tailed-Blue Butterfly!

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Teeny white moth

17 thoughts on “I Spy A Spider

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  5. Mominthegarden

    O.K., I guess I’m glad I don’t life in Missouri as those spiders would freak me out!!! Holy Guacamole is right! But on a more pleasant note, I love your pictures of the other less yucky bugs. They are quite beautiful! Dana

  6. Laura Bloomsbury

    fascinating wildlife in your part of the world – but think the last but one image is an Eastern Tailed-Blue butterfly not a moth

    1. Spy Garden Post author

      I looked it up and you are correct! I love learning the names of all these little creatures (but don’t always take the time to try and identify them), thanks a lot! I will update the description.

  7. eschmidtpabonsai

    The little blueish bug that you listed as “not sure what this one is” is a type of assassin bug. They quietly sneak up on their pray and then stab them with a long needle(it looks like a long nose sticking out their face and folds back under body) and sucks their prey insides out like a straw. They are a good bug to have in gardens but can give a nasty bite if handled.

    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Very cool. Thanks for taking the time to provide this info. The Spy especially enjoyed learning these violent facts haha. I love learning about all these little creatures but don’t always take the time to identify them, thanks again!

  8. 2me4art

    Its funny because I’m not into shooting or guns in anyway. But the first thought that popped into my head when I saw that gruesome spider was, “did you shoot it?” -amy

    1. Spy Garden Post author

      hahah no we didn’t shoot it (or kill it by any other means)! Really though, it was big enough to shoot! haha It looks gruesome but spiders are really good for the garden!

      1. 2me4art

        I know they are good for the garden & hiding in shoes or hanging in our windows laying a gazillion baby spiders or spreading webs so long that you end up wrapped in the web yourself as you are walking your dog. I can handle all that, barely. But that one was so close up & hairy & inside something man-made, like a barn? The rest of your spider pictures were great, mostly because they were smaller & outside. ;) amy

      2. Spy Garden Post author

        Yeah I wish it were in a grassy background too haha it was tucked under an old piece of deck in the yard…turned it over and surprise!

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