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Old May 15, 2012, 12:16 AM   #1
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Default Front Yard Spiders

Finally got a chance to spend some time in the yard.
1. Cool spider on my maple tree, the tree is about 1/2 inch diameter (only spotted him because I was adjusting the bamboo stake and spooked him)
2. Male black widow in my rain gauge. (black widower? I don't know, lol)
3. This devoted momma only had 7 legs but could still jump fast and far. I just wish she'd jump away instead of straight at me when I've got my macro lens out
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Old May 15, 2012, 7:03 PM   #2
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Awesome shots, that's a female widow and you don't want to get bit (I got bit by one and had to see the MD). Your shots are way too cool.
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Old May 15, 2012, 10:56 PM   #3
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Thanks! Unfortunately I get lots of widows to observe around my house. Although there is alot of variation in the color of black widows the male can be brown with faint hourglass but they can also be colored like this one with the orange hourglass like the female. His shape and size are a giveaway (male abdomen is distinct in it's narrow non-bulbous shape), but the definative visual clue is his pedilpalps. The bulbous things right in front of his face. They are a specialized set of appendages that he uses to transport and deliver his sperm to the female. (they actually deposit sperm from their abdomen in a web then gather it with their pedilpalps and carry it around) This one looked like he was ready for a date before he met his unfortunate end Here is another male I shot a few years ago that it's easier to see his pedipalps. I'm so scared of them my wife usually makes fun of me trying to photo them, I look like a crazy person trying to stay away but get close enough to shoot. Thank goodness i've never gotten bit.
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Nice shots, but I really like the Wolf spider and her babies. Oh. and being skittish around spiders is my favorite survival tactic.
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Old May 18, 2012, 3:39 AM   #5
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very good work here
first is very nice and interesting shot
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all are good but image 3 takes the tin from the biscuit ..... stunning
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G'day Bil

An excellent series of sharp, well defined images ~ as above I like 'em all, esp #3
As an aside - I am told that to have spiders around the house is good on 2 fronts - 1- being to reduce insect pests, and 2- it shows that your house is 'chemical-free' and safe for you to live there too

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Old May 19, 2012, 8:09 PM   #8
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Thanks alot for all your comments!
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Wow, these are great images! And that last one is amazing, never seen anything like it (creepy, but amazing)!!
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Very crisp and clean photographs Bil. Well done!
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