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.

Black & yellow garden spider (Argiope aurantia)

Black & yellow garden spider (Argiope aurantia)

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.

Fingers on the trigger

Fingers on the trigger

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.

Welcome to my world

Welcome to my world

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.

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Better luck next time.

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6 thoughts on “Bathrobe Photography: In the spider’s web

    • Itz, first photo was 75mm – all the rest are with 105mm. (On a full frame camera.) Thanks for your comment!

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