More identification woes
Sometimes making the correct id is important. I wonder about the name of this spider. Brown widow? False widow? I can tell you one thing: I am not going to risk turning it upside down to look for the hourglass. This spider lives in a messy web next to a window box of flowers. I now approach the area with caution. It was a hot day so I wonder if the drops are liquid spider silk.
Here is another deadly visitor … let’s call him The Terminator …
This insect was about the size of a dragonfly. To give you an indication of his size I actually heard/felt a thud as it landed on the edge of the veggie box. That noise is what drew my attention. But folded wings? I don’t think any dragonfly can do that. And look at that proboscis, the hairy legs and those eyes: it had to be some kind of fly (diptera). My best guess is some kind of robber fly aka assassin fly. This was the first time I had ever seen one. Sorry for the fuzzy image.
Asilidae are killing machines. Click here to read the a terrifying story of a robber fly trying to murder a hummingbird! The bird was whimpering as the fly pinned it down and tried to trepanate it. Shudder. You will have to read the link to see if the bystander saved the day. This guy’s presence might partly explain the mysterious complete disappearance of my mud dauber wasp friends and the serious decline in honey bees I have noticed this year.