Yellow Crab Spider (getting into attack mode)

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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 (4)

Jeroen Verburg on September 21, 2012

Wow, this is an amazing creature, and yes, even a little scary I suppose (I know how to sound brave, knowing is is about 5000 miles from here!) I assume you used the external flash again here (not to mention the gloves)?

Kevin Childress on September 22, 2012

hehe. Jeroen, not only did I wear gloves, but I wore a full suit of chainmail, which made me feel marginally safe. :)

david Saussé on September 22, 2012

Magnifique macro!

((Ospr3y)) on September 23, 2012


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  • Uploaded on September 21, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Kevin Childress
    • Taken on 2012/09/21 13:34:17
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 85.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/25.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash