Moon Dog Farms

Certified Naturally Grown family farm cultivating fruits, vegetables, flowers & pastured eggs in the Texas Gulf Coast

MoonDog Farms is dedicated to stewardship of the land, reinforcing a healthy community and producing great food.  

The Creepy Crawlies of Moon Dog Manor

I know of no other way to celebrate Halloween the farmish way than displaying a few highlights among the many creepy crawlies that call Moon Dog Farms home.  Some are gorgeous, some are slightly spooky, and I hope at least one makes you ick out.

Happy Halloween, y'all! 

BLACK WIDOW! This one was dead in the carrots when I happened upon it; they're not as scary as childhood lore would have you believe though--they're very shy.

BLACK WIDOW! This one was dead in the carrots when I happened upon it; they're not as scary as childhood lore would have you believe though--they're very shy.

Yellow-striped army worm. Menaces to the garden.

Yellow-striped army worm. Menaces to the garden.

Young beetle I can't identify but think is in the Stiretrus family. Beautiful, huh?

Young beetle I can't identify but think is in the Stiretrus family. Beautiful, huh?

Bolas spider, sleeping in the okra.  She dangles a sticky blob of webbing down from the leaves to catch unsuspecting moths and the like before wrangling them to her mouth. Creepy and amazing!

Bolas spider, sleeping in the okra.  She dangles a sticky blob of webbing down from the leaves to catch unsuspecting moths and the like before wrangling them to her mouth. Creepy and amazing!

A Texas favorite...stinkbugs. They love okra as much as we do.

A Texas favorite...stinkbugs. They love okra as much as we do.

Another one of our mantis buddies, huntin' at nighttime.

Another one of our mantis buddies, huntin' at nighttime.

Anole lizard! There's a them of finding little dudes in the okra.

Anole lizard! There's a them of finding little dudes in the okra.

Here a spiny orb weaver spider contemplates pesto. 

Here a spiny orb weaver spider contemplates pesto. 

Here's a truly gruesome sight of fireants taking down an army worm. Ah, nature's vicious personality.

Here's a truly gruesome sight of fireants taking down an army worm. Ah, nature's vicious personality.

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And the piece d' resistance... the Stinging Asp caterpillar. Not harmful to our plants, but causes a nasty blistering rash on human skin if you make contact with its hairs.  Again, these are all over the okra.

And the piece d' resistance... the Stinging Asp caterpillar. Not harmful to our plants, but causes a nasty blistering rash on human skin if you make contact with its hairs.  Again, these are all over the okra.

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