In and out

August 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Of all the spiders I come across when shooting amongst the various trees in my area, the ubiquitous pink flower spider is the most ever-present. It is a rare outing where I don’t cross paths with at least several of these small green spiders.

This species is a member of the Thomisidae family, also known as crab spiders and as such, they tend to employee the traditional “wait and watch” approach to hunting.

For the most part they will sit in plain site, using a fork made by two small branches as camouflage. When the camera’s lens approaches they tend to move out of the fork and assume a more threatening posture, although I have never seen one actually move towards the lens.

* Please note: Images can be clicked to view larger *Pink flower spider
Pink flower spider (Diaea evanida)
Canon 5D, MPE-65 @ 3x, Full flash

Sometimes it is possible to find a subject that would prefer to retreat into its shelter for protection. Usually, a nesting female would exhibit these tendencies and I would be reluctant to follow for fear of disturbing her maternal instincts.

On this occasion, I carefully checked the shelter and found it clear of any sort of nesting activities. With that in mind, I was happy to grab a different sort of shot to those I normally take of this species. Extreme care was still taken to ensure the site was not disturbed in case nesting was about to happen.

Pink flower spider
Pink flower spider (Diaea evanida)
Canon 5D, MPE-65 @ 3x, Full flash

As such an ever-present accompaniment on most of my outing, I have come to appreciate and enjoy photographing the pink flower spider. It’s nice to find a different angle on a common subject sometimes though!

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