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Posted a different version a few months ago, but saved this better one for later.

Taken at sundown at the farm while waiting for the next change in sky colours, one of which was the next pic on the page.

It's the time when the grass spiders get busy, catching their dinner, I s'pose !

Found an online editor to put on watermarks, so I've been experimenting.

Otherwise, sooc..

HMM to my friends !

The mist was ever moving around and for a short while the top of Truliegh hill with the sunrise about to pop over the top was revealed, the sun cast it`s beautiful colour over the mist just for a short time before being covered again. This is one of those images where the temptation to crop is high, the foreground is very short before it drops down very steeply to the valley below, apart from that I like the dew covered spider webs in the long grass.

Oh, wow--this just hit 45 in Explore today! (April 22, 2009) (Yay for Earth Day! ) =)

Thanks flickr friends for making this happen!

Today’s spiders were shot with my iPhone, so not my usual quality, but it was the only camera I brought today's a mountain hike. The hike wasn’t meant to be a photo expedition but you know I can’t help but try for pictures when I run across cool subjects. The first spider was found partway up Old Rag, next to stone steps through the trees. She was rather large and I noticed her there unmoving, and then noticed that was because she was guarding what appears to be an egg sac. This is a grass spider, Agelenopsis sp., possibly A. pennsylvanica. I’ve never seen one with eggs before; only in their funnel-sheet webs, so I initially wasn’t sure what kind she was. The webbing is certainly reminiscent of the shelf/sheet part of their webs, so it gave me a clue. I wonder if she feels exposed standing guard there? They usually hide down a funnel and run out to investigate when the web platform is tweaked, but she gave no reaction to my near approach with my phone.


19 Arachtober 2020 1/2


Grass spider, Agelenopsis sp.

Old Rag Mountain Trail

19 October 2020

Since it's Halloween

I should post something scary

Maybe this spider

By now it’s pretty evident that I have a fondness for spiders. I think they're pretty cool. That fondness does not go so far as to be a kink, however, and my bed is the LAST place in my house I wish to share with a spider. Wait – maybe the toilet is... In any case, yep, that's where I found this guy, boldly standing there on the blanket. And this is possibly the biggest reason why I make my bed every morning as soon as I get out of it. Because if I didn't, he would have been IN my bed, somewhere wound up in the sheets, and, just, NO. NO THANK YOU.


At least he had the manners to stand there and wait for me to get the cup and come back, and I caught him easily. My landlady happened to be there just then, and applauded and told me about the one that had been hanging out upstairs with her, who was too fast for her. A couple nights later, she called for my assistance, and I escorted her fellow out to the ivy where I know the ladies like to hang out. As for this guy, it must have been true love for him, because in between bouts of hopping like a kangaroo rat under the overturned cup, he stood still and allowed me to get some nice photos. I must have been crazy for taking the risk, because you KNOW he would have headed right back where I found him if he'd dashed off the table!


I hope he found what he was looking for when I put him OUTside after our photoshoot. At this time of year, these guys experience wanderlust, often ending up in the house as they look for a partner. I have to evict several every fall.


27 Arachtober 2020, 1/2


Grass spider, Agelenopsis sp.

Alexandria, VA

11 October 2020

The first time I've seen, let alone photographed, a spider with babies!

Beautiful filed full of cobwebs followed with a stunning sunrise in the peak district,U.K.

This is a special setup put together to allow shooting extreme close-ups with a Nikon 20X toolmakers microscope lens. Using this unusual lens effectively required making a few Nikon / Olympus adapters to allow use of an Olympus O65-116mm Auto-Tube on a Nikon D60. The Olympus Auto-Tube was set at its maximum extension. This is a photo of "feathers" on a small funnel weaver / grass spider taken with this rig:


The lens used was a Nikon lens (marked "Nikon 20X") that could have come off some kind of industrial comparator or tool-maker's microscope. It has a mongrel sized threaded mount (not quite a T-mount) that required construction of a home-made adapter to fit it on some other adapters to allow it to be used on my Nikon D60. Here's the combination of elements assembled, in order:

Nikon D60 > a home-made Nikon / Olympus adapter > an Olympus OM 65-116 Telescopic Auto Tube > another home-made Olympus adapter (to Nikon BR3 ring) > Nikon BR2 ring > another Nikon BR3 ring > Nikon T-Mount adapter > Nikon 20X lens. Mounted above the lens is a small high intensity LED light that's fastened with rubber bands to a mount made from a plastic lens filter "wrench". This serves as a focus assist light to allow easier framing and focusing with the exceedingly dim viewfinder image.

It really is totally impractical for field work, but produces decent results in a controlled environment.




Look who's in my shed

She keeps building a big web

That wraps up my rake

Waiting patiently

Lurking in a curled-up leaf

Alert and eager

Getting harder to find green in my many autymn reds and golds...had to go back a couple of weeks...another spider in the graveyard sighting! On explore Oct. 31 @ 344

Found some images I haven't had the time to, and partly forgot to edit - from an unforgettable beautiful weekend 8 months ago.


I'll never forget the mood those two mornings, with this beautiful lake, walking in the forest around it, and all the mushrooms, grass, spider webs and flowers in the dew.


My album of reflections:


This species is found in a wide variety of habitats. Adults tend to occur in reasonably tall vegetation in habitats such as rough grassland, woodland rides, field edges, heathland, gardens and marsh edges. The species is easily recognised even in early immature stages. It is extremely variable in colour, much of which appears to be genetically determined.

I remember taking two quick shots in succession of this spider. I combined them in Photomatix for this HDR piece for Sliders Sunday and kept one for the Arachtober group next month.




Thanks for Viewing.

Gorgeous icy outfit by Astralia, including wings (rare), legbands etc – Winter Solstice gacha. New at Gacha Garden.

Mesh head : Catwa – Tumble

Skin : Glam Affair – Glenny Catwa Applier - Arctic. At Uber.

Hair : Exile – Flickering Light. AT C88.

Stool and grasses (spider lilly) by Anc

Trees by The Little Branch – London Plane (in winter mode). At Shiny Shabby.


sleep well, soft dreams,

and wake up in good spirit and health!

Probably a Grass Spider, Genus Agelenopsis.

A male Agelenopsis sp. grass spider after having mated with the female residing in this web. Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA on September 4, 2019.


Something a bit of a change from seascapes - just in case you were all bored! A cropped image of water droplets in a spider's web - HBW!

I found this Wolf Spider by accidental spider sniffing. My flashlight lined up just right while I was on my way back inside and I saw several sparkles in the grass.


If you haven't heard of spider sniffing, you don't have to get close or smell them. It's just a cute name because you hold the flashlight in front of your nose (in between your eyes). It is an easy way to find wolf spiders and maybe some other ground spiders. Some moth eyes light up too. So you don't think I am nuts, I will let you read some links to explain how:


It doesn't work very well if you have dew on the grass. The droplets will shine back at you as well. If it's dry and you see a sparkle in the grass, it's very likely a hunting spider. Sometimes very small.

This is a common Grass spider — Agelenopsis naevia. Notice the two prominent hind spinnerets, with which they weave sheet webs with a funnel shelter on one edge. Their webs are not sticky, but their speed makes up for that.

It's all about getting your legs organised...

Peace Valley Park, Doylestown Pa.

Copyright 2007 ellie 6



Tibellus oblongus, Grass Spider, about 1cm in length. Comparing legs, it looks as if s/he has lost her rearmost right leg and is in the process of regrowing it. Also, it looks as if it is holding it's position with a couple of strands of silk.

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