Saturday, 15 August 2015

Itsy Bitsy Spiders

This one, about 10mm total size, was spotted on the side of a water butt as I filled my watering can. Four focus stacked photos:

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The next was on a plant at the edge of the garden pond busily wrapping up its supper. A bit smaller than the other one. As it was constantly moving these are individual shots.

In the first shot you can see the silk from its spinnerets and the way the web is being twisted as it rotates its meal, especially if you enlarge the photo:



Who are you looking at?

Itsy-Bitsy Spider

The itsy-bitsy spider
Climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out
Out came the sun
And dried up all the rain
And the itsy-bitsy spider
Climbed up the spout again


  1. Well the second one is your standard garden orb spider I think, but the first one is an interesting little specimen

    1. Simon: It may have been a young one. It was much smaller than most orb web spiders.

  2. Replies
    1. TWG: Fascinating creatures seen close up.

  3. We always said 'incy-wincy spider' John. Same rhyme though. But I have to say - big or small, fat or thin, long or short legged, fluffy or shiny - I give them all a wide berth. Noy my favourites.

    1. Waver: There was a time when I didn't like spiders, especially the large indoor ones but these days they don't worry me.

  4. You have much better results with stacking than I do. I'm hopeless at it.

    1. Adrian: I don't agree. You have got some excellent results. The main difference is you get much closer which makes for very shallow depth of field. I tend to get further away and crop.

  5. These are great photos; I especially like the detail of the silk coming out from the spinnerets. Spiders are fascinating.

    1. Wilma: Thank you. I couldn't see the detail when I was taking the photos so it was a nice surprise when it showed on the photo.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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