28 September 2014

Spider

Garden Spider Araneus diadematus seen this afternoon by our wheelie bin - sitting in the middle of her web waiting for lunch to arrive. Also known as the cross spider or diadem spider because of the characteristic symbol on its abdomen. These spiders are very active in the early autumn in the British Isles before the first frosts arrive to end their short lives.

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  1. Yes. It works fine on this setting.

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    1. I wish I could have got in closer but I am fairly happy with this one.

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    2. YP, it can get very expensive getting closer and after all the expense you get serious arm ache or bum ache from sitting in the same damp spot for an hour. You may have a half flower setting which will let you get closer. You have definitely got manual control over the camera.
      I am a bit anoraky, I strife for perfection but never get near to it.
      Get them head on if possible. Crop in if you have the software. I do have the software but don't post crops. I push them to 200x when viewing my images.

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  2. Hate all spiders !

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    1. Well they probably hate you too Helen! They may suffer from helenophobia.

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  3. They are fine outside where they belong, just don't want them in the house. In German, they are called Kreuzspinne (cross spider), and I've spotted a few when I was sweeping leaves from the path around the house (near the wheelie bins, actually).

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    1. Did you scream and go running back into the house with your hands shaking wildly in front of you?

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    2. Not at all! LIke I said, I don't mind them being outside, I just don't want them in the house. And even then, I would not scream and run around with my hands shaking wildly in front of me! What do you think I am? A woman given to hysterics? Calm is my middle name, Sir!

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    3. We call them Cross Spiders too.

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  4. Wow. Now that is an amazing capture.

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    1. Lady Lilith. Would you like me to literally capture that spider for you? I can mail her in a matchbox by first class post.

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  5. It was obviously a calm day.

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    1. It was a calm and slightly aloof day actually Graham.

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  6. I've got the rest of his relatives here. Fortunately, spiders don't bother me...if they did, I'd be a screaming mess! :)

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