I thought you might like to have a peek (eeek!) of a spider I met while tidying up my patio after the ravages of winter. It was a bloody monster, and I was somewhat relieved when I discovered it was camera-shy and crept off soon after.
The camera I used was a Fujifilm S5700 bridge camera which boasts 7 megapixels! I bought it in 2007, and it’s still giving me much enjoyment. It’s my close-up camera, as its “super macro” mode lets it focus on objects that are very nearly touching the lens! I don’t think I got quite that close to Itsy-Bitsy (I’m not arachnophobic but they do make me a little queasy… plus I didn’t recognise this particular species, for all I knew it might have been a poisonous one-bite-and-yer-brown-bread kind of beast). Luckily I survived the encounter, and here is a (reduced in size) copy of its mugshot.
Not being an arachnophile, I have no idea at all what this species is called. If anyone reading this knows, please share your knowledge via Comments. Inquiring Minds Need To Know! 🙂