Monday, December 2, 2013

I was sitting outside watching my cats explore when I noticed movement in a lantern style bird feeder. Upon a closer look, I discovered a unusual looking Daring Spider trapped inside. Most daring spiders around here are solid black with white markings on its abdomen. The challenge with snapping pictures of this critter is getting a decent shot through dirty glass.

Daring (or Jumping) Spider

{To see a larger image, go here.}

I was very surprised to see one picture turn out decently. I am pleased with this shot. I first thought that he was bald; but, the more I went through the pictures I took, the more I believe it is his actual coloring as the orange is hair too.

After I was finished with snapping pictures, I carefully opened the feeder and let him out onto a bird feeder platform that is usually located below the two or three feeders I have hanging out there. I watched him to make sure he could climb the edge of the platform as it has a smooth slippery edge (like glass). He could not climb out; so, I tipped the edge of the platform and he paused for a few seconds on top of the edge as if saying "thank you" before taking off in the grass. And, that was my adventure for this particular day.


December 2, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Awesome shot although I don't really care for spiders.

December 2, 2013 at 9:40 AM

I think he's kinda cute! Interesting to see him up close and personal.

December 2, 2013 at 1:13 PM

@Gunilla Bäck Spiders are not my favorite critters; but, I do like them a lot due to the fact they eat other critters like grasshoppers which have been numerous around here this summer and fall!

December 2, 2013 at 1:14 PM

He was very interesting... Or is it a she? :-)

December 3, 2013 at 2:32 AM

oh my! You are braver than brave!! Big furry brown spiders are one of the few bugs that freak me out.

December 3, 2013 at 6:03 AM


Nah. I'm a coward through and through. This spider was behind glass; so, I knew I was safe. Also, knowing the ways of spiders gives you confidence. Most spiders are harmless and as long as you respect them, they respect you. After all, we humans are too big! Ha! :-)

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