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


A yellow flower - sort of wide angle macro

Saturday, 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

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

Friday, January 13, 2017

My macro world of spiders and insects

I've retired and able to spend more time in the field - working to improve my photography and explore the local macro world.

Here is a crab spider, Mecaphesa celer - with a Tetragnatha breakfast treat.

 A leaf hopper emerging from her old exoskeleton
 Pulling herself out of her old shell
 The ear-like emerging structures are the wings
Emerging Leaf Hopper
Mature leaf hopper

Ant with a tasty treat

 Sunlit web of Leucauge veneusta

Theridion (differens?) and egg sac

Theridion (differens?) and her hest and egg sac