Cheapskate Tuesday 25: Einige Kleine NachtSpinnen

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A few weeks ago, I suggested a Rat Safari, as a budget-minded wildlife photo expedition that is easy to do in most cities. Today, I bring you a budget spider safari, which Catherine and I conducted in the tiny  park across the street. For this to work, I needed some constant illumination in the subject area, so I simply taped my Fenix E-05 flashlight to the lens hood of my 100 mm, which illuminated the spiders for easy focusing. The lighting for the shots was simply accomplished with a single diffused speedlight on the Monster Macro Rig. I hope you enjoy the photos, and are inspired to go find some little night spiders yourself!

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Realm of the Amaurobiids: These Hacklemesh Weavers are the most abundant of the spiders we found. Their disordered web flanking their retreat is laid as a trap for unwary passing insects.

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Some webs are more sparse than others!

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Here is a freshly-moulted Amaurobiid.

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We guess that this is a male Steatoda hespera (Therediidae).

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These small orb weavers (Araneidae) were out in small numbers.

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A nice big sac spider (Clubionidae)! This is a female.

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Could this male sac spider be the same species as the previous? It is difficult to tell. There are hundreds of species of Clubionidae in Canada.

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Here a male Amaurobiid tackles an introduced Drumming Katydid (Meconema thalassinum)

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