Webnesday (48)

While prowling the raspberry bushes the other day, I found this little spider waiting patiently on the topmost leaves of one of them. Most crab spiders I’ve seen here usually wait in ambush in or very close to a blossoming flower, but this one had chosen a spot with no flowers near. It was a fairly calm early afternoon but there were nearly-constant little puffs of breeze, which alwaysserve to make serious macro work quite a challenge. It took me the better part of an hour to get these four portraits. I looked her up in Larry Weber’s  beautifulSpiders of the North Woods and identified her as a transverse-banded crab spider, Xysticus transversatus (formerly Xysticus ferox). I’m sure it’s a female because  the male has terminal enlargements “boxing gloves” on his palps and is smaller. Please  remember to click on one of the photos if you’d like to see it at higher resolution.

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8 Responses to Webnesday (48)

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    Great macro shots! It is not easy to capture small objects when they are swaying in the wind. It takes patience. Have a great day! Peter

  2. Joan says:

    Pretty pics of the raspberry leaves, spiders I don’t care for but they are great pictures. Are you in MN for the summer? Letting you know that I am having surgery on my rt. lung on the 13th. Think of you often and miss your KrikitArts. Love your Cuz

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks, Joan, and yes, we’ll be here in MN for another month. Wishing you the best possible for your upcoming surgery; please keep me informed. And yes, I hope to be posting more frequently soon!

  3. Adrian Lewis says:

    Hello, Gary, how are you getting on, haven’t heard from you for ages? Is everything ok? Where are you now – in the States or NZ? I’m ok, but have rather been flattened by what for us is a summer with record temperatures. Beautiful pictures, my friend – very simple pictures, and the leaves are as much a part of them as the spider. A :)

    • krikitarts says:

      Ages–yes, it seems like that to me too, but so many other things seem to keep getting in the way. I think that the only reasonable way to get everything done that I would like to do would be to create a few clones of myself and delegate the various necessary tasks. But would they listen and take directions from the original me? Yeah, right. And the record temps, that’s a universal concern, and I hope that the folks in power are paying close attention before it’s too late. Thanks a lot for the compliments. Yes, raspberry leaves provide for wonderful studies.

  4. bluebrightly says:

    I am embarrassed to say that I can’t help an inward cringe, still, at the sight of spiders, at least as close as this. That being said – wonderful work!!

    • krikitarts says:

      I know that you’re not alone in this, and there is no doubt that they are all fearsome predators and for many, the stuff of nightmares, thanks in large part to the overactive imaginations of many a filmmaker. That being said, though, it’s good that you can still appreciate their fascinating special perfection, and I thank you for the nice compliment!

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