Friday Photo: 22 March

March 22nd, 2013 at 9:25 am by Chthoniid

Today’s pic is of one of our native crab spiders (Sidymella sp).  It’s unusual to see them in their hunting pose during the day.  I got around this problem by photographing it in local bush, at night.  The trick was actually seeing it. You can see from the scale it is just a few mm across.

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After the last few weeks of dealing with the elephants in the media, a changed of pace to the very minute was in order. :)

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3 Responses to “Friday Photo: 22 March”

  1. Redbaiter (8,371 comments) says:

    Hmmm,, up for almost 3 hours and no comments.

    I guess this is an example of typical NZer reticence, and what they perceive as good manners, in that if you can’t say anything good about something, then don’t say anything at all.

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  2. RRM (9,786 comments) says:

    We bought the Forster Spiders of New Zealand and were reading it over breakfast out on the deck one morning a few years ago (when we lived in Kelburn.)

    Happened on a photo of a crab spider and its unusually-shaped abdomen.

    Mrs RRM: “Have you ever seen a spider like that?”

    RRM: “No, I’ve never seen one of those. What an odd looking thing.”

    Mrs RRM put the book down… right next to a tiny crab spider. “Hey, look…!”

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  3. Chthoniid (2,035 comments) says:

    @RRM

    Mrs RRM put the book down… right next to a tiny crab spider. “Hey, look…!”

    There’s treasure everywhere :)

    Ray & Lynn Forster put out some marvelous books on NZ Spiders. I got some good tips on photographing spiders from him early on.

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