Insects and Arachnids

“I said, GO already!” (photo courtesy of Anita McCabe)

I will never, ever be able to list all the insects we see around here! Insects rule the ranch! I hope to spend some time getting accurate IDs on them (I have them; now need time to put in here!), but for now, I’ll just list groupings and things I know are accurate.



Some years we have more of one type, and some years another. There have been crazy grasshopper years, beautiful dragonfly years, cricket years, and more!

  • Ants
    • Fire ants
    • Carpenter Ants
  • Aphids (ugh)
  • Beetle
    • June bugs (April 2018)
    • Dung beetles (September 2018)
  • Crickets
  • Butterflies
  • Moths
  • Dragonfly
  • Praying mantis
  • Stink bugs


  • Black widow (mostly during construction of the house and garage)
  • Garden spider
  • Those spiders with the floating webs
  • Wolf
  • Jumping spiders