Bathrobe Photography: In the spider’s web
I was pleased to see the return of a black & yellow garden spider (Argiope aurantia) to our backyard this season. They are colorful and (word has it) harmless to humans — particularly if you go out of your way to avoid putting your nose, or your camera lens, smack dab in the middle of their webbing. As I am careful to do, trust me.
This individual was not so big as the one I chronicled a couple of years ago, but still proved to be quite photogenic. Not to mention successful in capturing unfortunate garden interlopers.
After checking her web periodically for a few days, just yesterday morning I found a small, indistinguishable something or other spun up in silk and hanging from the center — a bug of some sort, or perhaps a moth? Then, in the afternoon, I saw that she had captured larger prey: a fritillary butterfly, tightly wrapped and ready for — well — whatever was to come.
Frankly, I would have preferred that she rid the planet of a grashopper or a fly (“Help meeee!”) — but since I was not consulted in the matter, I had little recourse but to reach for the camera and record the scene.
Better luck next time.