Uploaded: September 16, 2006


I was wandering around looking for spiders webs to photograph when I just about walked into this guy!! Normally i'm not to nervous around spiders and insects but this is the first time I had ever seen a spider like this so the unknown factor kinda creeped me out...there was a huge cocoon like capsule hanging right beside his/her web which was also kinda creepy..I kept thinking if I don't hurry up he might jump out at me like other spiders do!! Needless to say, I did get a shot...I find the black pattern on his back extremely fascinating now that I'm at a safe distance :)

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Dan E. September 16, 2006

Outstanding image Michelle #523527

Sam Britt September 16, 2006

Terrific spider photo. I'll probably never photograph a spider. I'm too afraid of them to get that close.

Sam #3319032

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna September 16, 2006

Hi Michelle...You really don't have to worry about this spider...It is a very good spider and the cocoon like capsule was her dinner (hopefully a grasshopper!). They capture their lunch in their web and encase it in webbing from their bodies. Ken Smith and I have some in our galleries. Have a look at them sometime for a different angle on them! ^.^ Kitty #3319092

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna September 16, 2006

BTW...it's a very good photo! (I got so wrapped up in explaining her that I forgot to tell you. DAHHHH ^.^
Kitty #3319096

Manuel Barrera September 17, 2006

My exact thoughts first time I ran across one of this spiders, I was ready to jump if it even seem to be considering me as food. Great details and composition, Michelle. #3320008

Michelle J. Harvey September 17, 2006

Thanks soo much Sam, Kathleen, Manuel and Douglas for your wonderful comments!! Thanks for putting me at ease about this little guy Kathleen..they don't seem as intimidating when you have a little info on them! #3320342

Hendrik Storme September 18, 2006

Wonderful colors and detail! Beautiful, Michelle! #3325926

Michelle J. Harvey September 18, 2006

Thank you Hendrik for your kind comments!! #3327162

Derek D. Dafoe September 18, 2006

Great image Michelle !! I really love the water drops on the spider and web !! #3327284

Bill Wyatt September 19, 2006

Wow I am impressed this is gorgeous a real winner!! #3329150

Michelle J. Harvey September 19, 2006

Thanks Derek and Bill for your fabulous and encouraging comments!! #3332320

Bill Wyatt September 21, 2006

I love this with the dew all over it. Michelle I dramatized a bit about this wonderful creature. This is the female and she won't bite you can handle them and pet them I have for many years. If you squeeze them the will nip you a bit. They have no deadly venom but they do have big fangs. This is the last spider to worry about. Get as close as you want. #3340037

Michelle J. Harvey September 21, 2006

Thanks Bill for your reassurance..I have gone out every morning since spotting her the first time and looked at the web and cocoon...Its not so bad when you know a little info..I have just NEVER seen a spider like this in this part of the country :) #3340120

Bill Wyatt September 22, 2006

I did not know they could survive in the north country. #3345554

Michelle J. Harvey September 23, 2006

They must have migrated the wrong way :) She seems to be doing aright but it is getting quite cold now and the snow is soon on its way! #3349695

Carla Metzler October 09, 2006

Truly a beautiful capture, Michelle! #3428038

Michelle J. Harvey October 10, 2006

Thank you soo much Carla!! I really appreciate your comments! #3430403

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