Weird nature stuff at work today

  1. β€’
    This is a giant stapelia aka starfish flower.
  2. β€’
    The bloom opened today and it smells like a dead animal.
    For real! It's hard to get within a few feet of it because it is so stinky!
  3. β€’
    See all the flies. They are as a happy as flies on stink.
    Or whatever the saying is.
  4. β€’
    See the white stuff around the middle of the bloom. Those are the eggs of the flies that will hatch into their maggot babies that will then become adult flies.
  5. β€’
    Cool and disgusting all at the same time.
  6. β€’
    Today's other weird discovery is
  7. β€’
    This is an egg sac of a spiny back orb weaver spider.
  8. β€’
    I kept finding these bright yellow-green fuzzies around my pottery area but thought they were some kind of moth cocoon.
  9. β€’
    I decided to finally open one today and saw all the eggs. The only bugs in the area were spiders so after a bit of googling I figured it out.
  10. β€’
    So all those eggs will hatch in more of these cool little spiders that look like they have a skull face on their backs.
  11. β€’
    Yay nature πŸ•·πŸ•ΈπŸŒΈπŸŒ±