Spiders, featuring Argiope aurantia (Giganticus Bigassus Texspideroid)   by Dick Locke
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Pleasant Lake Jumping Spider

Check out the green "fangs" on this guy from Pleasant Lake, Michigan, June '09.  He is lit up with the setting sun's soft red rays at the end of one of the longest days of the year.  He really got busy about an hour after sunset; there were quite a few very small moths attracted to the light from the cottage for dinner.  He's on a screened window, with the shade pulled on the inside of it.  I had the tripod, Nikon D200, and Nikon Macro lens going on this guy.   This is at f18, 1/20s, ISO 400.  I'm glad he was holding still, it allowed me to get a good solid focus on the eyes and "fangs."

Thanks always to Gil, who identified the spider and provided the following: This is one of the jumping spiders, family Salticidae, and I believe it to be a Bold jumper, Phidippus audax.  Males have green chelicerae (= "fangs").  See also:  http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/796036


Lake Spider View 2

I like the look of this little guy; devious and tricky I think.


A Funnel Spider (?)

The early morning sun lights up the dew drops clinging to this funnel spider's web.  Nikon D200 camera, Nikon 18-200 Zoom, 8/2011, from Lansing Michigan, 1/125s at fn13, 200mm.  See the other funnel spider shots on my spider web page.

 


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New Spiders (Still More Spiders)
Close-ups, including a colorful green spider


AKA: Black-And-Yellow Argiope, Golden Orb Weaver, Yellow Argiope, Writing Spider, Golden Garden Spider
(Walt W. on the Olympus list suggested: Giganticus Bigassus Texspideroid)

Above: Here's a picture of a spider hanging around the B&B we stayed at in Wimberly, TX. 

(Now back to the original story.)  I named him "Boris," which my wife didn't understand as she wasn't really into The Who way back when ;-)  Subsequently I found it really is a "Doris."

Someone asked "How big is that thing?"  One of the links below suggests they get to be 1 and 1/8" across (whatever way across is), but I think this one may have been bigger than that. It was definitely a spider you could see easily, not like some spiders that are so small you can barely see them ...

Shot details:  This was made possible by equipment sold to me by the members of the Olympus OM camera mailing list! Shot on my OM2s (thanks Tom!), Vivitar 90mm macro (thanks to another list member whose name I forget, sorry), handheld, Kodak RG 100 print film, ~f8 at about 1/250 plus or minus one fstop in either direction.  I was bracketing around "sunny 16."   Scanned on my Nikon Coolscan IV ED & cropped & processed in Photoshop 6.0  True Confessions:  I did jazz up the color saturation a tad (who needs extra-color films when you have Photoshop?)  It really was hand held, leaning against a bush, standing on tippy toes.  Fortunately there was a lot of light which allowed a small fstop for good depth of field as well as a fast shutter speed.  The direct sunlight in this shot nicely highlighted the funny web thing this spider does.  You can't see this in the other shots not taken in direct sun.

 

A couple of unidentified but interesting spiders, click the pic

 


Marshland Spider


Argiope with Egg Sack
Photo by Paul Rieder, used by permission.

 

More Info on this type of spider (from U. of Mich, go blue!)       More pictures of this type of spider by others.

A spider page with major links.

 

More spider pictures

New Spiders (Still More Spiders)
Close-ups, including a colorful green spider
 
Marshland Spider
 

 

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