Come in to my Lair! - Spider - NZ - Southland by AndreaEL

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A bumble bee decided to come into the sunroom and he brushed against the spiders web, The spider was out in a flash. The bumble was much larger than he is, so I am not quite sure how he would have handled it. I rescued the bumbmble, took a few photos then let him fly away. The spider missed out on a huge dinner, but I decided he would be better off in the garden so I let him go. If anyone knows what type of spider this is I would be most interested.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Southland 9 Sept 2010

My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • snapdecisions
    snapdecisionsover 4 years ago

    OOOWEE !!!

  • I felt the same way taking the photo, thanks.

    – AndreaEL

  • Corinne Noon
    Corinne Noonover 4 years ago

    That must have been starteling when he jumped out yikes,my skin would have crawled,But Cool Shot Anyway !

  • Thanks, it is hard to do a macro on something like this, I do not know if I would have liked it if he jumped on me.

    – AndreaEL

  • davvi
    davviover 4 years ago


  • Thank you.

    – AndreaEL

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 4 years ago

    It looks huge. The bumblee was bigger than this!!!!!!!!!!!!! What do you feed them in NZ? Super capture.

  • Thanks Colin, you have me laughing so hard, it is a good healthy life in the deep south.

    – AndreaEL

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...over 4 years ago

    wow amazing macro and a beautiful spider well for it being a spider lol, hopefully next time you see one its outside :)

  • Thanks so much for your awesome comment. I did let him go, so he is free in the wild.

    – AndreaEL

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 4 years ago

    What a gorgeous chap! He looks a bit like our Wolf Spider Andrea, but not sure what it would be called in your neck of the woods.

  • Thanks Maree, I will look that up on the internet.

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 4 years ago
    Lovely close up of I think, a Nurseryweb spider ( 95% sure) also known as a water spider. This is the same chappie you see producing all those lovely cobweb balls on gorse and thistles although this is not to catch his dinner but for a nursery for

    their brood, Hope this helps !

  • Thanks for that Roy, I will do some research on the Internet and see if I can identify him the rest of the 5%.

    – AndreaEL

  • Rose Gallik
    Rose Gallikover 4 years ago

    Holy Frig he scares the heck out of me!!! HE looks huge!!! I must not look its night time he will give me nightmares me sucky :) Awesome Capture!

  • Thanks Rose, Macro makes them look larger than they really are, he was big though, the biggest I have seen in NZ. In South Africa, they hare huge, their span can be as large as a dinner plate. Now that would give you nightmares. I appreciate your comment very much.

    – AndreaEL

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 4 years ago

    Accepting on the fact, you still haven’t identified 5% of him! he sure is scarey!! :))

  • Thank you.

    – AndreaEL

  • hootonles
    hootonlesover 4 years ago

    I love spiders and you have captured its features brilliantly

  • Thank you for that wonderful comment, he was a fine specimen.

    – AndreaEL

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