My main Spider picture page was my hit leader back in the day. This is spider page 2, featuring close-up pictures of spiders found around the house in Texas. My Spider Webs page is here.
This gal (an Argiope, more pictures on this page) has taken up residence in the back yard in the summer of 2015. Nikon D810a, 200mm f4 lens, 1/640s, f5.6, ISO 3200! This page has some information about Argiopes.
This gal was hanging out on the front door. I used her to practice my macro techniques included use of the Nikon D810A's electronic front curtain, mirror-up, and delayed exposure features. This was 1/20s at f9, ISO 640, with the 200mm f4 lens.
This guy (probably a gal, I expect that's an egg sac) was hanging out on the back porch late August 2014. Tripod mounted Nikon D610 camera with the 105mm f2.8 macro lens at f22 and 1/20s ISO 800. As you can tell by the size of the window screen wires, this guy is pretty small!
Many thanks again to Gil who kindly provided me with the following ID & info: Your photo appears to show a Common House Spider (Achaearanea tepidariorum). It is a harmless spider in the same family--Theridiidae, the Cob Weavers----as the Black Widow.
A few days after the picture above it appeared there was some sort of dust near the spider. But, looking more closely, there were a bunch of tiny little spiders. I guess that was an egg sac! Again, look at the screen wires for a size scale. 1/4 second at f22, ISO 400, same equipment as above.
This is some sort of "Writing Spider" from the backyard, 6/7/2015. Nikon D750 & Nikkor 200mm f4 micro (macro) lens; handheld at f6.3, 1/1000s, ISO 1000. More Argiope pictures are on my main spider page.
The tarantula picture, and a few other spider pictures, have moved to this page.
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