Captain Packrat (captpackrat) wrote,
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Closeup of a Corn Spider

I stepped outside and saw a large corn spider outside my window.  I was just thinking about taking a picture when a rather large bug flew into the web.  The spider pounced on it in an instant.  I ran into the house to get my camera, but it was so humid today the lens fogged up immediately.  I had to let the camera warm up before I could take any usable photos.

The corn spider, Argiope aurantia, is also known as the black-and-yellow garden spider, writing spider or zipper spider.  This is clearly a female, as the males are much smaller and have a narrow abdomen.  They are considered harmless to humans.

As always, you can click on the pictures to see a larger version.

The wide version.  I think I overdid the vignette.  I was trying to de-emphasize the bright background without affecting the spider's bright colors.  It looks alright in the full view, but in the thumbnail view it's rather obvious.

All the nope.

Tags: bugs, eeeew!, pictures

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