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Jul 15, 2011 20:39 |  #1
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I know this isn't exactly "nature photography," LOL, but I just captured this Red Widow today while hunting for another spider species, so I put up a couple of mini-stacked photos to show how beautiful it is.

The Red Widow (Latrodectus bishopi) is an equally-venomous cousin to the Black Widow (Latrodectus mactans), but it is far more beautiful and very rare. They are found only within palmetto fronds in the Ocala National Forest, in Florida.

Hope you enjoy its beauty, even if it is not a nature shot (you can't see them in nature because they wrap themselves up within palm fronds).

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Jul 15, 2011 20:57 |  #2

Very nice and thanks for sharing. I have walked Ocala Forest and never realized they existed.




  
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Jul 16, 2011 00:58 |  #3

Excellent captures - beautiful looking spider!
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Jul 16, 2011 03:42 |  #4

what a striking spider, good find.


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Jul 16, 2011 06:31 |  #5
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Glad you guys liked the photos!

The Red Widow is one of Florida's great treasures :)

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P: To Sczurs, you will never see one unless you know where to look. If you carefully look deep within the fronds of palmettos, you may notice one of their webs, and then you have to pull back the fronds until you see their majestic red legs, eyes, and marking peering back out at you :)


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Jul 16, 2011 08:41 |  #6

Really cool and beautiful spider. Esp like #1.


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Jul 16, 2011 08:59 |  #7

Great shots and it looks like there is soon to be a hundred more Red Widows. :)


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Jul 16, 2011 09:57 |  #8

beautiful! great shots, all of them. thanks.




  
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orionmystery wrote in post #12767930 (external link)
Really cool and beautiful spider. Esp like #1.

Thanks Kurt!

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Great shots and it looks like there is soon to be a hundred more Red Widows. :)

Thank you Mitch. And, yeah, I will have to make sure I get the widow and her eggs back to the forest again, after I take some more shots of her, so I don't have several hundred baby Red Widows in the house :eek:

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beautiful! great shots, all of them. thanks.

Thank you Rick.

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Jul 16, 2011 12:48 as a reply to  @ John Koerner's post |  #10
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Got this image of her today, in natural light under cloud cover, using a 2-image stack done by hand.

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Jul 16, 2011 13:30 |  #11

nice...spider is beautiful...


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Jul 16, 2011 14:35 |  #12

great shots Jack, she is a beaut! her markings look like lipstick kiss marks


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Thanks Jadrock and BigDog ... and BD those are kiss marks: The Kiss of Death :)

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Jul 16, 2011 23:03 as a reply to  @ John Koerner's post |  #14

Jack,

I love L. bishopi, those are nice shots. Photographing Latrodectus spp. is a nightmare.

I really like the lighting on the first 3, a shame they are not in natural environment and in natural position (upward dorsal shots), but I understand why it was impossible by reading your explanation of how they live.

I much prefer the composition of the last one you just posted, but I find the light too harsh sadly.

Very tough subject!

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Jul 17, 2011 02:03 as a reply to  @ Martin G.'s post |  #15

cool looking spider. very colourful.


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