The Black House Spider

by Camellia Staab May. 27, 2020 434 views

WARNING!!!! If you are not fond of spiders, this is not a post for you.

Truth be known I am not fond of spiders but I do have a fascination of "seeing" them close up. There is something about their look and texture that one can not really see unless using a macro lens or some form of a "microscopic" or "magnifying" tool. My 105 macro lens plus an extension gives me the ability to "see".

This gal, yes it is a gal because according to Wikipedia "the female grows up to 18 mm, with a 30 mm legspan while the males are smaller (10 mm), and have longer legs in relation to their body size " was saved by me from drowning.

OK let me clarify.....this gal was 95% dead when she was pulled out of the pool, but since she was still moving her limbs, I figured I was not responsible for her death but rather responsible for saving her.

Because she was teeter tottering between life and death, she was a perfect candidate for a macro shoot.

By the way if you are wondering....."they are venomous, but are not considered dangerous. They are timid and bites from them are infrequent. The bite may be excruciatingly painful and cause local swelling. Symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sweating and giddiness are occasionally recorded."(source)

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Jim Hooker 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Great macros of a subject few seem to tackle.  Fascinating detail.

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Nancy Andrea D 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Whoa...she was huge!! Bravo for the shot!

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Berckmans Peter 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Such cool critters, but I am not a fan of them. Seems you had some good fun with this gall

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Camellia Staab Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I am not a fan of them either but when they stand still, it's worth clicking away smile

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Antonio Gil 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Love the different approaches and the level of detail. But, in the end, did she live? 🕷🕸

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Dead, dead, dead smile

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Greg Blaney 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Camellia, despite your opening warning (I'm arachnophobic) I couldn't help myself and took a peek at your post. Very high quality macros - well done! Gotta hand it to you.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Greg Blaney 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Greg I appreciate your comments, especially for the fact that you chose to look at something you have a fear of. Thank you for stopping in smile

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Björn Roose 1 month, 2 weeks ago

You're a goddess. Well, at least for that spider now smile

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Camellia Staab Replied to Björn Roose 1 month, 2 weeks ago

For the 5 minutes she was alive.....then my high rise seat was taken away smile

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Björn Roose Replied to Camellia Staab 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust ... it has gone to meet its maker angel

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Benny Law 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Yikes! Spiders are not as scary as roaches, but still... You are a fearless lady. 🙂

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Camellia Staab Replied to Benny Law 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I wouldn't go that far Benny, definitely not fearless, more like curious. And of course we all know what curiosity did to the cat smile

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Jay Boggess 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Great camera work! I'm fascinated with spiders too, but I don't allow them inside my domicile.....
They get unceremoniously ejected from my indoors to their outdoors! 
I don't allow any bugs indoors......Same goes for any/all reptiles & rodents...... 
There is plenty of room for them outside......right??
+1smile+1

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 1 month, 2 weeks ago

You are absolutely correct, plenty room outside, but occasionally I personally escort one in so that I can have a better look at them grinning

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Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia Staab 1 month, 1 week ago

Good idea! Just make sure he/she doesn't escape, before you can get it back outside. I'm sure you don't want to be awakened, in the middle of the night, while it's crawling across your face......YIKES!!!grinning

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