Blue-Legged Shiny Penny Tarantula

I have been working on expanding our banana and plantain micro-plantation, which has grown by at least three dozen newly planted in the last year. The largest of all herbaceous flowering plants, as they get to their “tree” stage they will serve as shade for the coffee we are prepping for planting this year. In the area where that planting is happening, as I move earth with my shovel I frequently encounter insects that are unlike any I have seen before. This recent encounter impressed me. Blue legs. Body armor like a shiny new penny. It got me humming a tune (if you are a fan of Harry Belafonte, you will know this lyric that goes with the tune):

A beautiful bunch o’ ripe banana
Daylight come and me wan’ go home
Hide the deadly black tarantula
Daylight come and me wan’ go home

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