Caught in a Web

I have been taking a lot of pictures of the local wildlife. Because I live in a city most of that wildlife is bugs. Bumble bees are cute and cuddly, but they dart around very quickly making getting good picture a challenge. A lot of my pictures are of much more stationary subjects, though many find them a terror.

This post has some graphic pictures of spiders, if you are arachnophobic turn back now.

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Morning dew caught like flies in a web

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An orb weaver waiting patiently

This picture was a difficult one to get, as the spiders usually wait on their webs on the side with less commotion, showing their underbelly through their web but making it difficult to see there face.

I’ve done a small amount of reading up on the identification of spiders and the number and placement of the eyes is an important means of classification. Now that I’ve gotten close enough to see this spiders face, I’ve very certain its of the Araneid, or Orb weaver, family. To figure exactly the genus or species I think a dissection would be needed.

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Having a snack

This was another opportune find while walking to the bus. I found a spider who had just caught herself a meal. Something I had not seen before.

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Friendly Neighborhood Spider

This morning while cleaning the balcony; I had to displace a seven legged spider that had decided to take up residence on the broom handle. But he did pose for a glamour shot before I moved the broom.

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Seven legged spider

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Bonus: An unpublished spider picture from April

Boris the Spider

While I was out this weekend, when I was out looking for small things to take pictures of  I found some of the local wildlife which fit my photography goals nicely. I found some Orb -Weaver spiders, a common site in the pacific northwest, and was able to capture some pretty amazing photos of them.

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This picture is less amazing when you realize how large the spider is

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That spider is about the size of a quarter

More amazingly, two of the spiders I found were in the process of building their webs. I remembered that my camera has the ability to shoot video and was able to hold it decently still to answer a question I’ve always wondered: How do spiders build their webs?