I think each home takes on a character of its own; one that’s certainly complemented by the unique creatures found in and around it. I remember odd animal encounters from my childhood home, such as the adorable influx of visiting rabbits that escaped from the nearby nursery school. I also remember the wasp that kept returning to eat our curtains; biting so loudly that you could hear the crunch crunch crunch as it made holes in the material!
When I got married and moved into my current home with Ninja, I met a whole new menagerie. Recently I came across a number of pics that I’ve taken of various ‘visitors’ we’ve had in our home over the last few years, and thought it would be fun to share them with you.
First up, check out this weird waspy-thingy! I have no clue what it is, but the spiralling black patterns on its wings are very striking.
I’ve also spotted a variety of moths, posing silent and flat against our walls. Here’s one I thought to take a pic of:
Some creatures that make their way through our home are quite harmless. For example, this little ladybird posed no threat.
And this praying mantis was just doing its thing on the potplants outside our door.
Even this teeny tiny gecko is quite welcome, especially when it eats the less-than-welcome pests such as ants and mayflies.
We’ve also had a few larger visitors, including our landlord’s cat, the imaginatively named Mr Grey…
…and another neighbour’s sweet escape-artist dog, Mo, who first visited us in the dead of night while trying to get away from a terrifying thunderstorm.
Our two-legged animal visitors are also winged visitors. Each summer when the swallows return on their incredible journey from Europe, their baby fledglings learn to fly in our roof, and invariably we have to rescue them when they can’t find a way out.
Some critters visit so often that we’ve given them their own nicknames. For example, we called this minute wasp a ‘pop-rivet wasp’, because for some reason it lays its eggs inside the pop-rivets of our security gate. The wasps are only about a centimetre long, but they sure are busy. We often see these little guys carrying tiny blobs of mud to stop up our rivets. Quite a cheek, actually!
Another familiar face around here is the ’shadow crawler’ – the name we gave to a very small, black jumping spider that we’ve often seen roaming the house:
Here’s a shot I took of one (getting as close as possible without having it rear up and jump at me); you can see the white markings on its mouthparts, which almost look like sneaky little eyes!
It’s funny how even though they’re so small, the sheer bravado of these arachnids still makes us huge humans keep a wary distance
And speaking of keeping our distance, the worst eight-legged trespasser we’ve had was this ugly chap:
I have no idea what type of spider this is. Baboon spider? Wolf spider? Freakin’ creepy hairy beastie spider? Yeah, probably. Here’s better shot:
It was tucked up neatly by our front door… right near the keyhole… on the inside. Ugh, ugh, ugh. Ninja and I carefully coaxed it into a tupperware as gently as we could; we didn’t want to hurt it, just relocate it. It was bigger than Ninja’s hand, and very gangly and spiky. (I’m not judging, but I still struggle to understand how people can keep such, er, unpleasant creatures as pets. Maybe some people will say the same about rats, but at least rats are cute and cuddly! I know spiders have their place, but it’s not in my house! )
What strange creatures visit your home?