Simply Spiders

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Simply Spiders

  • Apparently it takes a few days for Crab spiders to change colours, according to the site I looked at, but that's still pretty remarkable. As for the other, well, I live in the NW and with the amount of rain we get you're never far from water :) But you are right, it was a wetland reserve, so pools, ditches, scrapes and brooks all over. This was taken about 15-20 ft away from a small, shallow but permanent pool popular with damsels and dragons.

    PS Gone with the common names for spiders, as they often have them(!) and it usually encompasses several closely related species that would otherwise be too difficult to pin down.

  • Nigel O
    PS Gone with the common names for spiders, as they often have them(!) and it usually encompasses several closely related species that would otherwise be too difficult to pin down.

    That's fine, it's all easy here! I use latin as it's universal for French & English (but you pronounce it with a french accent here) LOL

  • I have a 'simply not spider' in my shed ...

  • Is it a Harvestmen or Shakeylegs? LOL

  • Oh dear, I put my sunglasses on upside down

    LOL

  • Yikes!!!!

  • A very handsome beastie despite the upside down goggles. Only seen one spider so far this year during a rare sunny and warmish spell.

  • This one was in the house, what else do you do on day after day of wet weather!

  • He/she just has to jump not crawl?!!!!! Great shot Hazel.

  • Has taken me 'til now to pluck up courage to open this post ... now I know why!  Was it very big H?  Shiver, shiver!!

  • Ooo-er, I wouldn't like to meet her on a dark night. What species is she - do you know? Great close-up photo.

  • Its a type of jumping Spider TJ, probably Icius subinermis but could be a close relative. It's only 5mm so not too scary. I've been practising with my magnifier lens (Raynox) on the old Tamron 18-200 zoom lens & pleased with the results.

    I'll look out a few others taken this year, our house is full of them!

  • This is another Icius subinermis, they are very variable

    & another jumping Spider Pseudeuophrys erratica


    This one was about 4mm & may be Theridion melanurum but also has close relatives

    & another of same species, they were both found in the corner bteween walls or wall & ceiling, a typical spot for this species apparantly

    Shakey legs Spider, my name for Pholcus phalangioides


    Then old blue eyes which was medium sized, Philodromus sp , photo taken with the old macro + raynox

    This one hung around the sink area & can give a nasty bit, about 10mm front to back, Cheiracanthium mildei, again it may be a close relative

    & a Zygiella sp possibly atrica

    & finally Mangora acalypha

    I've now sacked the cleaning lady! LOL

  • Noisette
    I've now sacked the cleaning lady! LOL

    That will be you then. LOL

    They are amazing creatures but I would not be keen on sharing my house (or bed) with them.

    Don't let Wendy see this latest post or she'll have a nervous breakdown.

  • Aaaarrrrggghhhh!  Strategically placed conkers might help!