09.06.2021 Monday Macro

I’ve got a virtual show coming up shared with another local photographer at our town library’s website.  Our theme is Mount Pollux, a favorite local spot for sunrise, sunset, and just plain hanging out.  I woke this morning to a nice fog and headed up there.  My friend had the same idea but only stayed for a little while. As always, I am not 100% sure about the foggy shots but one thing fog does is coat everything with tiny dew drops, or fog drops if you prefer. That was the case with the myriad webs in the meadow.

Banded Garden Spider-Argiope trifasciata. 

These are everywhere right now.  They are a late summer species, laying their eggs in the fall and the young hatch in Spring.  I’ve seen a few in the Brickyard meadow, most recently this past Saturday, but this morning offered some good access to the webs. They are not poisonous and will only bite if you bother a female while carrying her egg sac. These have the same characteristic zigzag feature as the Yellow Garden Spider shared recently by Steve Schwartzman.

As you might be able to see this one, and all the others were for that matter, is covered with dew drops, or fog drops, and I cropped in closer so you could see how hairy they are which is not as evident when they are dry.


The webs were pretty much all concave making depth of focus rather difficult so much of the web is not sharp.  But the spider is the star. And as with the other Argiope, this one hangs upside down, at least to our perspective, and slightly tilted back toward the web.  That made getting down low imperative which also meant kneeling in poison ivy. My knee high muck boots shielded me and no itch resulted from the making of this photograph.  🙂

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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29 Responses to 09.06.2021 Monday Macro

  1. Very nice Steve! Great images!

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    So beautiful – great shots, Steve!

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  3. Very cool captures, Steve…love those water droplets.

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  4. Sincere congrats on the show (and I still don’t like spiders)

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  5. Wow! That’s a very interesting looking spider.. he pretty photogenic.

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  6. Great colors and textures on the spider. And what’s not to like about the fog drops?

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  7. Ann Mackay says:

    Wonderful detail! It must be a chilly start to the day for the spider. 🙂

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    • One of the reasons I enjoy shooting insects in the early hours is their tendency to be a bit sluggish making capturing them, on digital, a bit easier. nd then of course there is the dew. But if I get too close or touch something attached to the web that does startle them and off they go. Thanks, Ann!

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  8. Peter Klopp says:

    It is truly amazing how the zillions of droplets show up so well, Steve. I guess it must have been the light in the fog that helped you achieve these great shots.

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  9. shoreacres says:

    I often see the zig-zag stabilimenta, but this one’s web seems far more symmetrical and tidy than what I see. The heavier banding behind the spider’s different, too. It looks like a placemat. I wonder if the design is species specific.

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    • shoreacres says:

      I’ve had reason to be combing my archives, and I discovered that I have several photos of these spiders with that ‘placemat-like’ effect behind them. So soon we forget!

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    • I haven’t found anything definitive about the web design and species. The stabilimenta is found in Argiope species but as to the larger design directly behind I don’t’ know. It might be out there somewhere but almost all the images I’ve found are dewless which makes it harder to tell. I can say that most, but not all, of the webs I saw had something akin to this one.

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  10. Todd Henson says:

    It’s fascinating how the fog drops collect on the body. And they add something very nice to the web, as well. I hope the virtual show goes really well.

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    • The moisture really does accentuate all those fine hairs that we wouldn’t see otherwise. People talk about hairy spiders but this take sit to another and more pleasing level.

      I’ll post a link when the gallery is online.Thanks, Todd!

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