All signs seem to be pointing toward a very good year for spiders! Hardly had I finished my first post of the new year yesterday, having carefully arranged the tiny victim of a sad, aquatic accident on a leaf for a belated tribute to a valued pest-hunter, when a new one volunteered during the night to be the next in line. When I went into the kitchen to make tea for CD and coffee for myself, I was happily surprised to find a larger, much darker spider in the sink, trying in vain to climb the slippery walls. Eager to have a live subject again (quite rare here in winter), I constructed a temporary viewing chamber with a screw-top lid from a mayonnaise jar, to the inside of which I affixed a circle of close-to-neutral-gray paper, and a small piece of picture-frame glass, and held the two together with a strong rubber band. Next came my trusty little Pentax on its tiny GorillaPod and the remote release. I spent the next hour on my knees & elbows on the living room floor, with my faithful Limo watching anxiously from very close by, quite confused and wondering why he wasn’t allowed to come much closer for a romp and a snuggle, since I was right at his level for a change. I drew the lacy curtain across the south window to diffuse some of the slanting sunlight and had a grand time. Then I went online to a few favorite websites to identify it, and discovered that I’d been working with a lovely example of Tegenaria domestica, commonly named the barn funnel-weaver or, not very imaginatively and rather redundantly, the domestic house spider, a member of the genus Agelenidae. Rest assured that I released it again immediately, unharmed. These close-ups make me really happy that I haven’t entered this world as a small insect!
Oh, and by the way, for those of you who don’t care that much for up-close and personal photos of spiders, please don’t despair, but check back from time to time–I promise that many gentler folk will be making appearances here as well.
Keep the spiders … they fascinate me. Many spiders here in the forest. Stepped on a (oh sorry) stepped over a few here and have not tried macro or close up pics yet….. so yes keep them coming!!
It seems that I have bad luck with the random posts..I see spiders everywhere ;) Great captured! But I would never get this close to these lil damons..Not for one million dollar ;)