Emily and Chumley -- guarding the house, like mother like son.
[Oct. 16th, 2015|04:34 am]
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As the weather gets chillier outside there are fewer insects on the back porch and the flies seem to have moved into the house. Emily and her son, Chumley, have kind of a prime spot between the inside and the outside and in order to get in, flies have to go past them.
I was standing out on the porch watching them yesterday evening when a giant housefly hit Emily's web. She ran to the opposite corner of the web, which seems to be a change in behavior for her -- she'd always run straight toward Huge Dangerous Animals caught in her web, I don't know if it's the season, or if it's something she sense in the web strands. But she sat there for a while while the fly twitched and eventually she ran over, wrapped it up in silk and chowed down on it. One fly that won't get in the house. While she was still eating Chumley caught something I didn't see. It was nice to see them both doing well, even while I worry about what's going to happen when it gets really cold out.
I like that they're guarding us. These flies are a serious nuisance.
Photos of Emily & Chumley behind this cut for the spider afraid.