Spiders (and other Arachnids)

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Pholcus are very cannibalistic (as in - they eat their own. In winter, for example, a roomful of
P. phalangioides may reduce in numbers over time until there's just one happy spider left who has eaten every one else) but they are also renowned for eating other spiders. In fact, if you have a house of 'cellar spiders' and nothing else it is because the other species have all been eaten.

Despite this, Pholcus species are handy to have in the house as they do provide a very beneficial cleaning service with other insects, such as the small garden cockroach below. In this photo you can see some actual droplets of venom on the hind leg of the insect, directly in the centre of the photo. I took this image two days ago (it's obviously Pholcus season) but it is the first time I have ever managed to get actual venom at the scene of the crime, although I have photographed it 'on the fang' before.

Incidentally, I am trialling Topaz Studio 2 and I am amazed at how much detail I was able to wring out of this well-cropped photo without including too many artefacts. Quite impressive - and this is a JPEG, too.

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I was cutting back our Loganberry plants the other day and as I walked to the compost bin with the old stems, I felt a small tickle on my arm.
Looking closely, I found this tiny little thing wandering up and down.
I eventually managed to get it in a decent position on my fingertip to take this photo.
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Spotted this creature on the windowsill, a Harvestman I think.
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My wife noticed this little creature when she was weeding the other day.
It's approx 8mm long and was happily swaying in the wind while my knees and back were creaking trying to get it in focus.
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Same species Araneus diadematus, a little further north :)
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This one was residing in Seattle a few years ago... quite the little cosmopolitans!

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Obviously Araneus diadematus season - I photographed this large lady yesterday in the corner of the kitchen window (the outside, I hasten to add). I do find September and October good for spiders :)

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I thought you were only 1 hour ahead of us Roddy, not a whole week! :whistling:
Nice to have an ID though, from you and @Vedis99 :thumbup:
I've seen the occasional "Garden Spider" with the cross markings but they've always been huge.
Mine (above) was tiny at 8mm and more orange.
Are they all the same species?
 
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Yes, Brian. In the UK there is no other spider with that distinct 'cross' marking, though you will come across some with markings that are slightly less distinguishable. They're very varied in size and colour too. Their offspring are the mobs of little yellow blighters that appear from April onwards.

My corpulent lady re-appeared last night so I took the opportunity of getting to know her a little better. It's a slightly different composition but it gave her a chance to put her best foot forward :D

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Spiders everywhere...the bougainvillea has only been in the garden 24 hours and it's already had a few visitors, including this crab spider.

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Going out to get some medications today, saw this little creature on our letterbox. On the way back home, I noticed it had been attacked by an ant, and didn't look at all well ...

When these ants bite me, I have a big red swelling for a day or two, and I probably weigh a million times what this little spider does ... :( .

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OoC JPEG.

[Edit] Just checked on it. It is on its back, and in its death throes. All of life in miniature.
 
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You will have to imagine what the spider looks like, but one certainly spun this funnel web.

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This little fellow (approx 8mm long) was on a sloping wall in our bathroom, having coming in through the Velux window.
It was very much in the shade and I didn't have the flash set up.
What shadow there is must have been light reflecting off the UV filter on the lens.
I'm amazed at the texture of the wall, as I thought I'd done a real good job of getting the paint nice and smooth!
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I haven't had an adult cat faced spider in my yard since 2015, and I found this one on my front porch a few days ago. She is stays hidden during the day, so I have to take the photos at night. I also have too many black widows too count (down 10 after last night), but they scamper away as soon as I shine a light on them.

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On the architrave opposite my recently tidied desk this morning.

I had no idea that hairy ar*ed spiders were a thing in darkest Sutton Coldfield.

Shot with the 60mm macro, and lit with the tiny flash supplied with the camera with a showercap diffuser shoved over it. This was the only kit in reach at the time.

The FL-LM3 seems to have plenty enough output for macro, and warrants further investigation.

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