The Spawn of Aragog.


Sorry for the delay in posting, everyone. Mr. Potter got in the way, I’m afraid.

To make up for it, I give you a spider that feels like its right out of the Forbidden Forest. The spawn of Aragog and the hunter of ginger headed boys.

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Ron, you should probably start running now.

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The Spawn of Aragog.

Curiouser and curiouser.


As a photographer, and a spider photographer at that, there’s little that gives you more pleasure than having a critter react positively to your presence.

Jumping spiders are great for that, with their big doe eyes (with a few extra thrown in for good measure) always giving you and your camera far more attention than you deserve. I might’ve compared them to cats earlier, but they are almost canine in this regard.

I’ll elaborate on them later, perhaps, but for now, I hope you like this critter as much as I do.

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The Dragon’s Perch.


Top o’ the week to ya.

We closed last week with a damselfly here at TDC, so we open this week with a dragonfly. Orthetrum sabina is known by a variety of names such as the Slender Skimmer and the Green Marsh Hawk. A dapper sort of fellow, I spotted him in Coorg a couple of months ago.

Green Marsh Hawk. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthetrum_sabina

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The Dragon’s Perch.

Jumping mysteriously.


Remember the jumping spider from before? (You know, the one I blasphemously likened to kittens.) Menemerus bivittatus, yes. Now you remember.

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Turns out that they are really skilled at crypsis, blending in completely with their environment. It’s tiny to begin with (about 8 mm end to end, if I  were to guess) and they are really hard to spot on the trunk of a coconut tree, which I found they prefer.

Anyhou, no big lecture today, so I hope you liked the snap. Do come back on the morrow, though.

 

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Jumping mysteriously.