Six-spotted Fishing Spider

26 07 2015

Six-spotted Fishing Spider (Dolomedes triton); it’s so hard to get perfect depth-of-field with these tiny subjects, but I’m happy with the overall look of this shot regardless (thanks to my friend Michael Powell for the identification). Re: size—this one was probably about an inch or so long (they can get up to 2.5 inches!). The lily pad was a smaller one.

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Fishing Spider

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Feng Shui 101 for Arachnids

23 09 2012

Michael Powell and I watched this little spider building a web at Huntley Meadows Park recently and were curious about what it was doing with this bit of fluffy seed (which I think is eastern cottonwood seed). We watched for several minutes as the little spider tugged on it long enough to be able to free it from the web, then it continued with the task at hand—building a perfect web sans the clutter! Imagine that—a spider with a knack for feng shui.

I think the spider might be a Barn spider like the one in book Charlotte’s Web, but I’m not certain.

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Pat, extended

27 08 2008

Now that looks like a spider, doesn’t it? After I shot the through-the-window images, I went outside to photograph Pat and she skidaddled. A bit past dusk she was back to web-central, legs extended, waiting for dinner. To give you a sense of scale, with her legs extended, she’s about an inch long (yes, I held a ruler up to the window…just for you). I must admit she looks a bit more spider-y-ish with her legs extended. She looks tick-ish in the previous posting, doesn’t she?

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