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Non-Tarantula Spider Photo Thread


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If you have any photos of spiders that aren't tarantulas, feel free to post them up!

Here are mine:

First off is a couple of black widows. Western black widow (Latrodectus hesperus)

I can't tell if this one's a true widow or a false widow. I remember its legs looked blockier than the other one but they both had the red mark on the underside (although I couldn't manage to get a shot of those. :C). Anyone have any ideas?

Golden Silk Orb Weaver (Nephila clavipes)

Black and white garden spider (Argiope aurantia).

The "zig zag" patter they make in their webs.



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Thanks. :3 I took the ones of the last two species at the Museum of Natural History. We went there for a field trip with my Biology of Insects and Spiders class and it was one of the coolest experiences of my life. The guy in charge of the insects (forgive me for lack of technical terms XD) had an idea of what to do with the butterfly house exhibit during the fall instead of just letting it sit there. So during the fall they have a spider house instead of a butterfly house, where you can go in and there's these giant orb weavers all over the place. The ones I normally see are about an inch long at most, so to see all these 3, 4, even 5 inch spiders all around was so cool.

Plus they had these monsters hanging all around. XD

I can't remember where he said he got these from, but the species is Nephila pilipes. They were bigger than my hand when I held it wide open.


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Some more of the Nephila pilipes.


These guys were so cool, absolutely beautiful spiders.

Just for comparison, these are what I'm used to. XD So much smaller and quite a bit duller


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Alrighty, now I have some time soooo here are some pics of my pretty little brown widow (Latrodectus geometricus), Lacey.

Here's a belly shot of her. You can see the orange hour glass, though it's not as sharp as some examples.

One of her back with the flash on.

And one of her back without the flash.

Just trying out my new camera... Can't wait 'till I get a SLR... Point and shoot cameras are so frustrating when you're trying to take macro shots. >.>

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