Sunday, September 29, 2013

Creepy-Crawlies of PNG 1: Spiders

Papua New Guinea is home to an amazing number of species, and new species are frequently discovered. Many of these are small creepy-crawlies: spiders, bugs, insects, etc. Francine and I have rather different approaches to dealing with these small critters. Francine isn't against such creatures per se, but as soon as they trespass on our living space, then she would prefer they be... uh... dealt with. I tend to photograph them first (after which I may still kill them if the situation warrants it). Over several blog posts, I'd like to give you a taste of some of the critters we get to deal with. I'll start off with some spiders.

Thousands of baby spiders.

When we lived in Waliyaksor village,
we shared the house with several of these
brown huntsman spiders.

A spider as big as my hand.

Another big one. This spider became lunch
for a four year old boy. 

And this one became lunch for the ants.

Finally, the spider, too, can eat.