Well, here is something I met in the bathroom a couple of weeks ago. Be proud of me: I didn't even squeak. I did manage to get past it and run to my room for the bug spray. It waved its little front claws at me (claws? pincer? I thought... what the heck kind of a spider is this?!) But then even once it had gone to the great insect haven in the sky, I didn't want to get near enough to it to re-enter the bathroom. But that is why God made brooms, and I gingerly moved his or her remains outside from as far away as possible. Ugh.
Then I got brave and took a closer look. Even belly up, he looked even nasty, even more nasty than I had thought. What the... ? So of course I had to take a picture.
|not what I wanted to meet in the bathroom...and it was right side up then, too.|
She was kind enough to identify it for me.
It's not a spider. It's a tail-less whip scorpion.
A what? In my bathroom?
Oh yes, a sister said. It's humid in there.
Fortunately, unlike real scorpions, this one is not poisonous. The aforementioned scientist assured me that "They are not a threat to humans but can deliver a bad bite if provoked."
Remind me not to provoke anything. At least before I have my spray can in hand. And am wearing shoes.
Maybe I'll go back to the idea of combat boots.
I did go look up more about it. I rather like its scientific name: amblypigid. It seems so much friendlier.
It occurred to me, too, that if I were to study the biodiversity of Caribbean spiders as this particular woman does, I might eventually find the beauty in them and other arachnids. However, other than an appreciation of Charlotte's Web, so far my best effort is the appreciation of dewdrops on a spiderweb outside - without the spider.
I did also find out in the process of looking all this up that I am not alone in thinking this critter is scary-looking. In fact, I have encountered a species featured in Harry Potter (where it is said to kill with one bite). Consolation of a sort?
|Mad-Eye Moody with tailless whip scorpion|
I think I'll skip Mad-Eye's class.