Sunday, November 27, 2011

Creepy Beauty

Click on the pic to enlarge
What is it?
See the little heart shape?

Did you guess right?

I am arachnophobic, but this spider had such beautiful markings, I had to photograph it!
It wasn't that big, the body was about 3/4 of an inch, and it's not poisonous.
PS. It's a Cross Spider (Araneus diadematus), common in Europe and North America. The basic colour varies between different species, from light yellow to brown/red to dark/grey. The thing they all have in common is their cross-symbol located at their back. The cross is actually formed by white dots which are closely attached and shaped into this perfect cross. (thanks for identifying it squirrel)

See more great Macro shots from around the world HERE at Lisa's Chaos
Take a look at critters from around the world HERE at CAMERA CRITTERS
See other found hearts from around the world HERE at Clyties blog, Random Hearts

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35 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

neat, neat, neat shots!

marit´s,,, said...

Beautiful spider and shots , Marit.

siga said...

Cool! I guessed right ;) I love creepy ones, they are most beautiful creatures very often, with a lot of color and bright personality.

Byond Zephyr said...

The markings are really beautiful indeed, and the details are amazing.

Filip Demuinck said...

When I saw the first picture, I thought about an insect and I was right.

Greetings,
Filip

Ellie said...

Who would have thought a spider would look so good. I think it must be the spider's legs that I don't like.
Great picture by the way.

magiceye said...

wow an amazing capture!

Debbie said...

you are braver then i....

it is a good heart, you should share it with clytie at random hearts!!

EG Wow said...

Nope, I did NOT guess what it was. Nice post!

Linda Makiej said...

Just Wonderful!!!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - what a splendid beast. Once I can manage to uncurl my toes I find spiders fascinating - but a longish macro lens helps as well!

Did you know that by taking the spearmint leaves from the sweet jar you mark yourself out as a bit unusual! Used to do a "natural selection" game in class with my students where a jar of mixed sweets was passed around - and the ones left at the end were always that spearmint leaves!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Nature Rambles said...

Terrific close shot! That's a ferocious-looking spider!

Jama said...

Wow, such a great macro!

Woody said...

That's pretty cool - it looks like a cross

Dianne said...

wow!!
great job, especially if they make you anxious
I love spiders and this guy is so handsome

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

3/4 of an inch long and such a close-up. You must have one good macro lens. Or did you use your Canon 210? I have the same point and click camera which takes such nice pictures one cannot tell the difference from those done with my Nikon DSLR. Very nice photos of such a beautiful spider.

Lea's menagerie said...

Really great photo!
I thought it was a spider - that bit of hairy leg in the bottom left corner was a clue.
Lea

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

What an ugly chap! I am playing catch up after completing our olive harvest and setting up my own photography blog so I have not been around much. It has been lovely to scroll through your delightful posts this evening.

Martha Z said...

Spiders do come in great variety, you found an interesting one.

Rohit Sareen said...

creepy but great macro shot!

cheers,
My Third Eye

Pieces of Sunshine said...

An unusual and beautiful spider. The little bit of leg in the first helped me guess.

squirrel said...

Hi, it looks like Cross-spider (Araneus diadematus). Way cool!.

Gattina said...

Yikes ! I just wanted to go to bed, now I will have nightmares !

LauraX said...

great photo Karen...I'm glad it is not as big as it looks in macro thought!!!

Leovi said...

Nice macro shot, yes, a beautiful spider.

Kim, USA said...

EEkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!

Ida said...

Oh my that is a pretty weird looking spider but also fascinating. This is my favorite way to see one.

Kala said...

You captured some great details of the spider!

Happy MM

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that is really cool!

Kel said...

how brave of you - to take the shot and then scare us all silly with it!

Roan said...

I'm not a fan of spiders either, but do think some are beautiful and they do weave beautiful webs.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

That is an amazing shot Karen ! I don't know if I have seen these spiders (maybe if I had my glasses on instead of gasping and avoiding the area and visitor ? LOL
That is spectacular seeing the markings and that tiny heart ! WOW
Joy : )

Dani said...

Really cool heart find~

Lesa said...

Great shot but creepy! I haven't seen that spider before. Thanks for the visit!

Clytie said...

Ooooooh, what a WONDERFUL place to find a heart!!!

We have "cross spiders" here (we call them common garden spiders, but I like cross spiders better!), and I have photographed a few of the "crosses" - but never once found a heart!

This is a FANTASTIC post - thank you so much!!!