06.20.2020 Creepy Saturday

Not everyone is creeped out by spiders, but I felt a warning was fair.  🙂

While looking for the orchids yesterday and before happening upon the damselfly, I noticed this Arabesque Orbweaver with its bagged lunch on a leaf. For those who are comfortable with spiders, the lunch was still alive and wriggling inside the package. It’s all part of Nature’s cycle of life.  Whatever is waiting to be eaten, without the spider there would be too many of the species…it might even be a beneficial taking by this kindly  Neoscona arabesca. We always allow a few spiders to hang out in the house for just that reason. Hopefully some of the tiny insects the house spiders catch are mosquitoes.

I would have loved to get a head on shot for Gary and Pete and anyone else who loves a nice 8-eyed portrait, but this leaf was sort of perpendicular to the Earth and I don’t think I could have shot it while lying down and looking up. Because of the angle I had to dodge the head to reveal the eyes and whiskers.

So that’s it for Creepy Saturday.  I’ve another arguably cool shot from yesterday but am waiting to ID the farmer and her herd.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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21 Responses to 06.20.2020 Creepy Saturday

  1. Littlesundog says:

    I like that you managed so much detail in this image. I’ve always marveled at the way spiders craft their webs, and spin their victims. I find the orbs to be quite beautiful, and photogenic.
    I’ve actually had people ask me to take photos of spiders off of my header because they find them too creepy and they cannot concentrate on reading. I think it’s probably wise that you give fair warning just in case!

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    • Oh yeah. The woman I work for is absolutely horrified by spiders and I once had to scoop one up and take it outside when we came across it in the store. Another FB photography friend hates when I post spiders and I bet there are a few others. They definitely get fewer “likes”. 🙂 That’s a shame you had to change your header. They could accomplish the same thing by scrolling a bit.
      I am glad that you are an arachnid fan, Lori. But I am not surprised that a farm girl can enjoy them. Going into a barn could be terrifying otherwise.

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  2. Your photo did a good job in revealing the designs on the spider’s abdomen. No doubt the revelation was by design.

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  3. I’m sincerely sorry to say, that I have to be counted among the “creeped out” contingent. I do understand spiders have their roles to play, and I never kill them unless they, say, drop down the back of my neck, and I do admire their weaving – – very delicate in your photo. “Arabesque Orbweaver” is such a fanciful-sounding name, I’d expect it to be a chapter in Scheherazade’s tales.

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    • You are definitely in good company. I know of one very large individual who is positively hysterical when a spider comes close to him. 🙂
      Possibly this was the official spider of the Sultan’s harem for 1001 nights.

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    It’s a lovely patterned one, for sure!

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  5. krikitarts says:

    This one’s a beauty, and I’ve grown very fond of the Neosconas through the years, having found several in Nebraska and Minnesota. It will take me a while to find my favorite photo of my first, a marbled orb-weaver, as I didn’t feature her in a post (yet), but I did this one (https://krikitarts.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/webnesday-33/) in 2015.

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  6. shoreacres says:

    Thanks to the world’s flora, I’ve come to appreciate these bits of fauna far more than I used to. First I got it through my head that there were more than orb weavers. Then, I started spotting the hunters lurking in the flowers, and then I met those dancing spiders from New Zealand, and I was smitten. I still don’t like running face-first into those huge webs strung across trails, but I suppose the spiders don’t enjoy it, either.

    The design on this one’s abdomen looks like a teddy bear. Cuddly, eh?

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  7. I can appreciate the challenges of trying to get the full on face shot of these critters, Steve, and I know it is not always possible. Many a time I have lined myself up with them, and just getting the focus when the critter turns and simply walks away. Lovely details you have capture in this nice little spider, Steve.

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