For over twelve years Jillian Cowles has been documenting the diversity and natural history of the arachnids of the Southwestern United States. She notes that arachnids are full of surprises. Scorpions kiss and dance, spitting spiders squirt silk and glue, and vinegaroons spray almost pure acetic acid from their rear ends. Giant desert velvet mites obtain enough calories in two hours to last them for over a year. Getting to know these small neighbors which share our planet (and sometimes our homes) is immensely rewarding and never dull. Come see Jillian’s presentation on November 13 starting at 1 p.m. at the Visitor Center. It’s going to be fun!