May 26, 2008
by: jovial_cynic
I visited my brother-in-law and his wife in eastern Washington, as they recently purchased their first home. While there, I happened to see a bunch of familiar ants from a colony under his back patio.

As it turns out, the ants go crazy over Doritos - something I didn't realize when I had my own aphaenogaster colony. I just figured that all ants liked sugar. I guess these ants like salty foods as well.

Here's a nice close-up shot of one of the critters.

I also managed to stumble upon a beautiful little spider. I don't see a lot of hairy spiders on the west coast, so I wanted to get a good shot of it.

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Look at those green iridescent fangs. Delicious.

And here's a video of the spider running away from me.

And since my digital camera handles video well enough, I figured I'd capture a video of a little roley poley bug as well. They're so cute.


Billy said:
That is an incredible pic of that spider!
May 30, 2008

Theresa said:
YUKKY! I hate bugs. But that spider looks cool. Just not anywhere near me.
May 31, 2008

jovial_cynic said:
Yeah - spiders kind of freak me out a bit. I try to overcome my fear by getting really close to them and taking pictures of them. Close up, spiders are pretty cool looking.
June 01, 2008

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