I went through my photo library and selected eight of my favorite spider images from this year that I had never shared. Hopefully none of them scare you away!
It was 35 degrees Fahrenheit after sunset last night, but it wasn’t too cold for a crab spider (Thomisidae) to be out and about. You might say it was a cool crab spider.
The temperature was fairly warm this weekend, so yesterday afternoon I went outside to see if there were any bugs still hanging around the yard to photograph. And of course there were still bugs around, because there are always bugs around.
A Phidippus audax was staking out our amethyst basil plant, and in doing so it provided me with a lot of great of photo opportunities against a colorful background.
If you were feeling sorry for the bees ambushed by ambush bugs a few weeks ago, you can now feel sorry for the ambush bugs – a western spotted orb weaver (Neoscona oaxacensis) has arrived in the garden.
Remember the post a few weeks ago about the big, shy jumping spider? I found what could be her offspring hunting in the garden.
This female jumping spider’s abdomen was swollen because she was getting close to laying eggs. She unsuccessfully tried hiding behind some gravel rocks as I took pictures.
Occasionally when I am outside looking for bugs to photograph, I will notice tiny yellow specks moving around on the ground. Last week, I found several concentrated around some pollen that had fallen from an iris flower, so I took the opportunity to get a closer look at these creatures with some macro photographs.
If you don’t like spiders, perhaps only jumping spiders could convince you otherwise. With their big eyes, spiked hair, and occasional crazy colors, they just might be the stars of the invertebrate world.
At least, that’s what I think it looks like.