Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Breakfast at Walden Lake

This morning, I decided to work on my focus and flash skills.  I walked over to the grassy spot where I usually find crab spiders and Tetragnatha -  I was no disappointed.  Found male and female Mecaphesa celer and Tetragnatha - and their breakfast.

Theridion spiderlings


A day later

 Magnolia green jumping spider (Lyssomanes viridis) - with a transparent cephalothorax - here the steerable retina is not visible

Visible retina 







Face of Lyssomanes viridis 


Tetragnatha - reaching for breakfast


Tetragnatha with breakfast


Male Mecaphesa celer


Female Mecaphesa celer


Mecaphesa with breakfast


Crab spider captures breakfast


Breakfast


A yellow flower - sort of wide angle macro


Saturday, January 28, 2017

January 28, 2017: Magnolia Green Jumping spider (Lyssomanes viridis)

It was cold this morning, which means spiders are slow, and therefore quite cooperative when trying to focus.   I went to my usual crab spider place and found a very small one, and nearby, a magnolia green jumping spider (Lyssomanes viridis) and Tetragnatha (sleeping)

Here several mature leaf hoppers and the lower right on is a juvenile


Tetragnatha (maybe elongate) - a male


 Another view of the long jawed Tetragnatha


A small crab spider (Mecaphesa celer)


  Theridion spiderlings


 Female magnolia green jumping spider (Lyssomanes viridis)


Lateral view - her retina is not visible


A moment later - her retina appeared


Face of Lyssomanes viridis - her big eyes are clear indicating she is looking away from me


Also, not looking at me




Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wet Webs, Dew and Crab Spiders

This morning brought a very heavy fog.  So off I went to the forest  - and found many heavily laden webs - sagging from the morning dew.  Here are the photos.



A single dew drop

 Crab spider on the the offense
 Mecaphesa celer

 Face of Mecaphesa celer

 Three dew drops
 Jewels of Dew
 A distorted web
 Partial web
 Sagging web
 Full web
Dew drop jewels 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Janurary 13, 2017: Emerging Leaf Hopper

Several days ago I watched a leaf hooper begin to emerge from their old exoskeleton



This morning continued to watch emerging leaf hoppers.  Here is early


A moment later.  After the leaf hopper will develop their greenish abdomen


Female Mecaphesa celer with leaf hopper breakfast


Male Mecaphesa celer (crab spider) -  unusual to see one