Friday, October 18, 2013

CAMERA CRITTERS and if you don't like spiders, best not to look.

Not the usual cute and cuddly Camera Critter post that I do, and I have to admit I am curious as to how many comments I will get for this one, says I with a wink.  However, with Halloween coming up at the end of this month, I thought it was appropriate.

At first I thought it may have been a wolf spider, it was quite a large one.  However, on doing more research on line it looks closer to a Nursery Web Spider.  They are common in North America.  

That's news to me but then I don't usually go hunting for them to take photos of.  I was out walking and spotted it on a leaf at the side of the trail.  I am always on the look out and was surprised when I came across it.  I aimed my camera and got off a few shots before it scurried into the underbrush.  This was the best one I could get.

The Nursery Web Spider (Pisaurina mira) has no permanent home but hunts in the grass, meadows and moist open woods.  When courting, the male Pisaura presents the female with a fly.  If she accepts he will mate her while she feeds. 

(As always, please let me know if I am wrong in my identification.  I welcome corrections from those of you who are more experienced). 


It is about the size of the garden spiders I used to occasionally find on my bedroom wall, in the days when my Dad used to come running after hearing me yelling for him to bring the spider box.  Dad would carefully scoop it up into an empty cereal box for just such a purpose, and carry the unwelcome visitor back into the garden, to the furthest possible bush away from the house I would ask.  My Dad would be amazed that I hung around long enough to take this photo.

Thank you Misty for hosting one of my favorite memes, and please click here to visit other interesting critters from all over the world.

Camera Critters

16 comments:

  1. we get those here. thanks for the i.d.!

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  2. I don't mind spiders at, Denise, great capture! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  3. Sweet sister spider. Nice story too
    :-)

    Aloha, D

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  4. I haven't a clue what it's name is....the only ones I identify are black widows and brown recluses...the poison ones!

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  5. I used to be terrified by spiders...not now. He's quite the handsome fellow close up.
    Jane x

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  6. I do suffer from arachnophobia, so I had to swiftly scroll past your photo. Yikes! :- /

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  7. Beautiful photo of a spider!
    Greetings, RW & SK

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  8. I am responsible for spider escort duty. I use the dust-pan and brush and carry them outside. If I don't the skinny one drowns them in fly spray.

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  9. I don't mind regular spiders if they're outside - it's when they come into the house now that the days are getting colder that I don't like! Beautiful pattern on the body of you spider.

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  10. I do not mind the spiders. This one is really neat and new to me. Thanks for sharing. Have a happy weekend!

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  11. You've got some fancy names for spiders, never heard of either nursery or wolf. We've got a new breed (new to us) of spider, it's virtually see-through and very difficult to spot. I tried looking it up on the web (pun intended) and the spider was said to be 'unformed'. Strange that, considering we find big ones and baby ones.

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  12. Can't help either with the spider ID, Denise. I always marvel at folks able to capture some of their beautiful and intricate webs...perhaps you will be lucky to find one as well.

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  13. HI Denise great close up shot of the Spider. Have a great weekend

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  14. You got a great shot Denise!
    I am allergic to spiders so just looking at this image gives me shivers. :)

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  15. I enjoy creepy-crawlies (when they're outside), so I enjoyed the post and your ID...I am always too lazy to look up anything but birds and occasionally plants. Great job ... of photography and of educating us. Really ilnteresting information.

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