Yellow Crab Spider

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Scale: The spider is one centimeter long tip-to-tail. I was in the process of clipping one of those flowers when this amazing yellow Crab Spider caught my eye, which I had never seen before. In typical fashion my first reaction was to scream like a little girl! But I watched it for a few minutes, tapped on the stalk of the plant, and shouted at it to see if it would attack me. I was finally convinced that I may be able to photograph the spider without losing my life, so I clipped the plant a couple of feet long and carried it gingerly at arm's length all the way to the house, with a pulse running about 200 beats per minute! To my surprise the spider was very well behaved and it allowed me to get off a couple of pretty cool shots.

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Comments (3)

Scorched Earth Photo… on September 22, 2012

Great capture of the crab spider - I like this one with the blue background best ! How close to the subject were you ?

Kevin Childress on September 22, 2012

Thank you, Waldo. This is probably around 8 inches from the image sensor.

Scorched Earth Photo… on September 23, 2012

Waaaaay too close for my comfort level and camera gear Kevin Childress ! Glad that you have the ability and nerves to capture images like this - I always worry about macro photography with bees , wasps , and hornets since I am prone to anaphalyctic shock - hence the extension tubes / zoom / telephoto lenses on a lot of the images I take - keep up the great work !

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  • Uploaded on September 21, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Kevin Childress
    • Taken on 2012/09/21 12:33:20
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 85.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/25.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash