Webnesday (59): Lady in Red

I haven’t had the chance for any photo ops with local spiders recently, but just a few days ago my photo buddy Steve in New England did a post (here) on an Arabesque Orbweaver (Neoscona arabesca) that he’d just seen the day before, and I was immediately reminded of a distant relative in my experience, a Marbled Orbweaver (Araneus marmoreus), that had settled in at the prow of our upturned canoe in Minnesota nearly ten years ago. Yes, they are different species, but they do show a rather striking similarity. I might have wished for a more natural-looking background than the outrageous red of the freshly-restored canoe, but we work with what we have, and it does rather serve to dramatize her gorgeous markings, don’t you think? (If you’d like to get even more intimate, click on her.)

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23 Responses to Webnesday (59): Lady in Red

  1. Thanks for the shout out and link.

    I think the canoe does lend a nice complement to that abdomen stripe. Her silk, if that’s silk, looks a bit like the fiberglass of the canoe, unless it’s an aluminum canoe in which case it is definitely webbing. They are a bit humorous with those huge abdomens, much larger than the rest of their body. That’s what mine looks like after a big meal.

    • Back home where I belong. :-)

      • krikitarts says:

        As you were,
        My kind Sir,
        Back for sure.
        (Brainfart, Grrr!)

      • I sometimes forget to whom I am responding to in a blog comment so know whereof you are speaking.

      • krikitarts says:

        Very kind of you to share with me that you also occasionally find yourself wallowing in the mudpot of muddledness. When this happens to me (which is–so far–blessedly seldom), it’s usually because when I address a comment on another post, I sometimes forget to scroll up to the posted photo(s) to really remind myself what, exactly, we’re talking about. How hard can that be? D’Oh!

  2. All that detail makes for quite a striking spider portrait. The red paint, while not a part of nature, certainly adds to the picture.

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks, Steve, she was still trying to figure out how her entire Weltanschauung had changed when we flipped the canoe rightside-up, and she stayed wonderfully still for me.

  3. Mike Powell says:

    I would have believed you if you had told me it was a red flower. In any case the markings on the spider are amazing and the macro detail is astounding when enlarged.

    • krikitarts says:

      Thank you very much, Mike! The camera was my first waterproof compact, a Pentax W-90, and its macro capabilities opened up many new possibilities. I’ve not been without a similar auxiliary camera ever since. My current one is an Olympus Tough G-4.

  4. Peter Klopp says:

    Fantastic close-up! The red background adds drama to the spider.

    • krikitarts says:

      We love that red, and it was great to have the canoe looking so good–I should post a different photo of it some time. It was surely much more in subdued shadow where she had chosen to settle, and I took care to relocate her to a safe place before we went out for our paddle on the lake.

  5. Adrian Lewis says:

    Yes, I agree, I think the red adds to this – wonderful portrait.

    • krikitarts says:

      I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t like red, and she was apparently no exception. I had to move her to a safer place before using the canoe, and I hope her color photoreceptors didn’t take too long to process and integrate the change. Thanks, Adrian!

  6. Minna says:

    Interesting spider portrait! The spider looks pretty big, I would not like to meet him/her…

  7. That is a detailed beauty. The colour echo works a treat.

  8. shoreacres says:

    I hope your lady in red has someone to sing a spidery version of the song to her.

  9. Yes, I think that bright red background does a great job of complementing the spider’s colors. We’ve got another species of Neosona — N. crucifera — that’s very common here in California. It’s not as colorful, but it’s really striking in the right light. I’m going to do a blog post on it one of these days.

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