Here is a great shot my brother got using his iphone of Catherine posing with a male widow.
This weekend, our last for winter break in Victoria, Catherine, my brother and I headed up to Island View Beach to see what we could see. After the hectic holiday family-related chores (presents and cooking) it was great to get outdoors on a non-rainy day.
First up was a Tegenaria, which like most of the spiders we found was dewy under the frozen boards and logs we turned.
This doesn’t really count as a natural pose, but I was taking advantage of the dawn sky.
Centipedes are much much more cooperative when cold!
I think that winter centipede photography will be my go-to technique from now on.
We actually have no real idea what this spider is… Possibly a gnaphosid, but we did not get a great look at it.
The winter sky at dawn is often quite beautiful, provided there is not an impenetrable cloud bank to the east.
Again, a centipede, looking elegant and not thrashing about wildly!
We found some winter male widows, which are almost always big and black and female-like.
Catherine found an overwintering queen Vespula pensylvanica. She was totally quiescent and could not be woken up for a photo shoot.
More obligatory widow shots! We were quite happy to see the widows doing so well.
Some kind of tiny Lentinellus-like fungi.
This is a recently-metamorphosed ground beetle of sorts. So nice to see these not scurrying around rapidly! The non-black colour is also really helpful for making a good exposure.
This one is definitely a gnaphosid. we saw the prominent spinnerets!
Catherine provokes a penultimate male widow into defensive silk-throwing.
Just after this, he was docile and cooperative for some photos showing his beautiful palps.
On the way out, we saw a number of Golden-crowned Sparrows.
Winter time can be a great time for photography, even of insects and spiders!