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.
After the last few weeks of dealing with the elephants in the media, a changed of pace to the very minute was in order.Tags: Friday Photo, spider
Todd seems to have enjoyed his day off on Wednesday, so I think we’re short a scenic photo of NZ this week.
So that’s the motivation for this alpenglow picture from the Hauraki Gulf This effect is usually seen just before sunrise, where the light reflects off clouds or mountains.
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One of the types of spiders that builds orbwebs, are not true orbweb spiders (Araneids). Their webs are often aligned horizontally rather than vertically. The spider also much larger jaws (chelicerae) than orbweb spiders. These spiders are the tetragnathids.
One of the most common of these spiders is the indigenous Leucauge dromedaria. This spider is native to both NZ and Australia, and I’ve been trying to get a photo I like of it for a while. Conditions came together for this shot. Purists may be interested to know that it is an “old school” photo, as the exposure was manually set, the flash was manually set and the focus was also manual.
The link is to a much larger image.
I’m heading off into the ‘field’ on Saturday for 12 days, hence there will be no Friday photo next week.Tags: Friday Photo, macro, spider
Know your pests
In light of the last photo that looked sort of wasp-like (but was in fact a useful and harmless fly), I thought we could do a diversion into those insects that are pests. This is the
Asian Australian paper wasp. You might also note its antenna are very different to the last little guy I posted.
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A different kind of lurker- this is one of our largest tunnelweb spiders. Typically these arachnids are nocturnal and do not venture far from native bush.Hence this pic is taken at night. This particular species Hexatheles hochstetteri is one of our heaviest spiders, and was also one of the first to be described (scientifically) in the 1800s.
While in general, they’re nocturnal and cryptic, occasionally one will wander into someone’s house.
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Sticking with the arachnid theme, here’s a nice profile shot of one of our more endearing native jumping spiders Trite planiceps.
The distinctive traits of these spiders are their very large eyes (they’re primarily a visual hunter) and their powerful front legs with spikes.Tags: Friday Photo, photo, spider
This is a common native spider, and its brown, furry appearance does prompt my daughter to regard it as ‘cuddly’. It’s our native Nursery-Web spider. In this shot the arachnid has emerged from hiding to position herself by the nursery at night. So this is a nocturnal picture (late summer). These spiders are still about. They’re common in the bush areas around our house, and one was even sunning itself on the bricks by our garage this morning.
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Two pics today because they really belong as a paired set. They’re of the NZ scaup or papango, one of our smallest duck species and a very adept diver. The male is darker, and both sexes have a distinct yellow eye.
As always, clicking the image will bring up the larger, higher resolution pic.
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