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Bathroom spider, up very close

 
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rjlittlefield
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:57 pm    Post subject: Bathroom spider, up very close Reply with quote





Nothing elegant here, just your basic spider.

I was cleaning a long unused guest bathroom, and found this recently dead spider. The abdomen was pretty shriveled, but the legs were still flexible and the carapace and eyes looked fine. So...

I notice this beast has the same feathered hairs that turned up on my higher resolution pedipalp from last year. They're obviously in the same group, but I haven't attempted to take this one to species level yet. As far as I know now, it's just your basic "bathroom spider". (Arachnophobes, beware! Very Happy )

--Rik

Technical: Canon 300D camera, Olympus 38 mm f/2.8 bellows macro lens at f/4, 52 frames at 0.002" step, Zerene Stacker, PMax. Dual fiber halogen illuminator at reduced illumination, 1 second exposure time at ISO 100, custom white balance.
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Planapo



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Location: Germany, in the United States of Europe

PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Makes one think how the world looks like, seen through a blackberry, doesn't it?! Wink

Those spiders found around the house have great character and are worthwhile subjects for shooting for sure.

(Note to myself: Look what great photos your buddies of photomacrography.net are producing alongside their other daily tasks. Get going you lazy girl and take pictures!)

--Betty

P.S. Had just typed in "blackberry" in google's image search to see if I chose the right English berry name. What it spits out Shocked is rather not what I had expected and quite disappointing. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"seen through a blackberry"

Hhmm, I'm not understanding this one.

Are you referring to the eight big eyes, which look a lot like the segments of a blackberry fruit?

Or making a pun about the communication device?

Or something else?

--Rik
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sorry for causing confusion, Rik.

The eyes of this spider reminded me of a blackberry (=blackberry fruit).

I then was not sure if blackberry was the right name for the dark Rubus fruits, since in German we do not call it "Schwarzbeere" but "Brombeere". Hence I searched with google images for blackberry to confirm, but just got loads of pictures with cell phones, obviously called like the fruit or plant.

Looking again at your pictures (and being no more distracted by the "blackberry" on top) I must say that ZS has processed all these hairs really nicely!

--Betty
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