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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-04-2012, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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How to photograph an invisible spider

I took the picture below last summer in an area of exposed sand on Deas Island, near the Fraser River, outside Vancouver. I was collecting a small tub of sand to use as a substrate for some scorpions I had just acquired. While on my knees scooping up sand I spotted this amazing spider. I honestly don’t know how I saw it...this was the most amazing example of natural camouflage I have ever seen. The way this spider just disappears against the sand background is astounding. It helps that this critter was also a little dusty.
As far as I can tell this species is an orange and black wolf spider (Arctosa perita). However, I also read that this species is common in Europe. So I am a little dubious about the identification—unless the species has been introduced to British Columbia.
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Great capture.... Did you feel like someone was watching you?.... Those eyes!
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Amazing picture, and oh my god spiders are scary...

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that is an awesome picture. nature can be truly amazing sometimes.
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that is an awesome picture. nature can be truly amazing sometimes.
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