“Underside Visitor”

“Underside Visitor”

“Spiders are anti-social, keep pests under control, and mostly mind their own business, but they somehow summon fear in humans who are far more dangerous, deceitful and have hurt more people. Of the two I’m more suspicious about the latter.”
― Donna Lynn Hope

Finding a ‘visitor’ should not have come as a surprise. As I was making photos of one of my peonies, a spider, variety unknown to me (I’m not a big spider fan), popped out of the petals and chose the base of one of the outer petals as its perch.

Once it found this spot, it did not move and presented an opportunity to make an image of it. Like I said, I’m not a big fan of spiders, but I do enjoy looking at details and this one certainly has some interesting markings. He’s really quite small, but the macro treatment makes him look big in the photo.

Generally, I like to leave peonies on the porch for a few hours before bringing them and all their hitch-hikers into the house, mostly ants, but I expect this guy would have come in regardless.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
0.4 sec, f/18.0 ISO 100

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3 Comments on ““Underside Visitor”

  1. I happen to love the clever, little darlings. They spin webs from my gate to my front door or window overnight. Fascinating. I find it odd that people want to crush them.

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