Nathanael Siders Photography: Blog http://sidersphoto.com/blog en-us (C) Nathanael Siders Photography nsiders@sidersphoto.com (Nathanael Siders Photography) Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:36:00 GMT Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:36:00 GMT Molting Crab Spider http://sidersphoto.com/blog/2014/7/molting-crab-spider I found this molting crab spider as it was exiting it's old exoskeleton.  In the past, I have only seen remenants of the old shell of a spider, but never caught the spider as it was shedding the exoskeleton.  I was very excited for the great find of what was a very tiny spider.

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nsiders@sidersphoto.com (Nathanael Siders Photography) 180mm Macro Micro Nikon Tamron Venemous animal arachnid arthropod attractive background beautiful beauty bright brown close up closeup color colorful crab creepy cute exoskeleton eyes face fauna flash hairy insect jump jungle legs light macro molting nature outdoor park predator shell spider spring wild wildlife http://sidersphoto.com/blog/2014/7/molting-crab-spider Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:24:14 GMT
A couple of Jumpers http://sidersphoto.com/blog/2013/6/a-couple-of-jumpers

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nsiders@sidersphoto.com (Nathanael Siders Photography) 180mm Huge Macro Micro Nikon Picture Tamron Venemous black flash little tiny http://sidersphoto.com/blog/2013/6/a-couple-of-jumpers Sun, 16 Jun 2013 16:00:00 GMT
Male Nothern Black Widow http://sidersphoto.com/blog/2013/6/male-nothern-black-widow I found this guy attached to the outside of the back door this morning.  I knew it was a Black Widow, but it looks a bit different than I've seen in the past.  I thought maybe a younger one.  Upon research, it is actually a Male Northern Black Widow.  It's very exciting for me because I have never seen or photographed a male widow, nor a Northern Black Widow.  Double bonus for me.  :) 

Male Northern Black Widow

Male Northern Black Widow

Male Northern Black Widow

Not sure what this display was about.  Perhaps a warning??

Male Northern Black Widow

Male Northern Black Widow

Male Northern Black Widow

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nsiders@sidersphoto.com (Nathanael Siders Photography) 180mm Black Dangerous Huge Macro Micro Nikon Picture Scary Tamron Venemous Widow black flash little tiny http://sidersphoto.com/blog/2013/6/male-nothern-black-widow Sun, 16 Jun 2013 01:09:59 GMT
Wolf Spider with Spiderlings http://sidersphoto.com/blog/2013/5/wolf-spider-with-spiderlings So I hit the jackpot the other day and had one of my most enjoyable shoots in a long time.  As I was mowing, this Wolf Spider came running out of a large cocoon like sack with babies attached all over it.  

Most of the closeups are focus stacked with 2 images.  It was a little different this time....as the spiderlings were constantly moving, I had to manually focus stack these.  I took the shot that had the spiderling in focus as my main image, then I cropped the mommy out of the second photo (where she was in focus) and manually cut, pasted, and blended it into the first photo.  Took some work, but the results came out pretty nice I thought.

The mommy


Mommy with her spiderlings


Up close of Mommy and babies


A little closer


...and even closer

.....all of the spiderlings




Worth noting....this was hands down the largest spider I have come accross.  This made the Trapdoor spider look small.  Easily over 2" legspan....maybe 2 1/2".

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nsiders@sidersphoto.com (Nathanael Siders Photography) 180mm Big Huge Macro Micro Nikon Picture Spider Tamron Wolf black brown flash large little small spiderlings tiny yellow http://sidersphoto.com/blog/2013/5/wolf-spider-with-spiderlings Fri, 31 May 2013 18:06:49 GMT
Picture Winged Fly (Delphinia picta) http://sidersphoto.com/blog/2013/5/picture-winged-fly This is a Delphinia picta or more commonly called a Picture winged fly.  They always walk around with their wings spread out like this and they really have some pretty wings. 

Picture Winged Fly (Delphinia picta)

Picture Winged Fly (Delphinia picta) Picture Winged Fly (Delphinia picta)

Picture Winged Fly (Delphinia picta)

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nsiders@sidersphoto.com (Nathanael Siders Photography) 180mm Flies Fly Macro Micro Nikon Picture Picture-winged Tamron Wing Winged black flash little red tiny white http://sidersphoto.com/blog/2013/5/picture-winged-fly Thu, 30 May 2013 22:35:52 GMT
Caterpillar Hunter http://sidersphoto.com/blog/2013/5/caterpillar-eater This is a Calosoma Beetle or more commonly called a Caterpillar Hunter for reasons that you can probably guess.  I have been finding these all over the place lately....probably 20 a day and they are about an inch to inch and a half long.  Very cool, but a bit stinky.

 

Caterpillar Hunters (Calosoma Beetle)

Caterpillar Hunters (Calosoma Beetle) Caterpillar Hunters (Calosoma Beetle)

 

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nsiders@sidersphoto.com (Nathanael Siders Photography) 180mm Beetle Calosoma Caterpillar Hunter Macro Micro Nikon Tamron flash http://sidersphoto.com/blog/2013/5/caterpillar-eater Thu, 30 May 2013 19:15:18 GMT
Hogna aspersa Wolf Spider http://sidersphoto.com/blog/2012/5/hogna-aspersa-wolf-spider I caught this wolf spider at my son's daycare late last week.  The daycare workers spotted it and grabbed me a yogurt container to capture it.  It is kind of funny because I have never seen a Hogna Wolf Spider until this year and this is the second aspersa that I have caught in the past few months (the first was a class for my 5th grade classroom).

 

I actually got better pictures of this one than the previous.  When I got home, I released it in my yard and then followed it through the yard to shoot it in it's natural habitat....this always leads to better photos.  Please enjoy.....legspan was an easy 2 1/2 inches.

Wolf Spider - Hogna aspersa Wolf Spider - Hogna aspersa

Wolf Spider - Hogna aspersa

Wolf Spider - Hogna aspersa

 

Here is a full view shot to try and give some perspective of it's size.

Wolf Spider - Hogna aspersa

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nsiders@sidersphoto.com (Nathanael Siders Photography) http://sidersphoto.com/blog/2012/5/hogna-aspersa-wolf-spider Tue, 29 May 2012 01:10:48 GMT
Jumping Spider (Platycryptus undatus) http://sidersphoto.com/blog/2012/5/jumping-spider-platycryptus-undatus This was the biggest jumping spiders I have seen in awhile.  Last year I found one of these, picked it up and held it awhile and then photographed it.  This one was very skittish and kept jumping away.  I took a few photos and then let it be as it seemed a bit scared.

Jumping Spider (Platycryptus undatus)
Jumping Spider (Platycryptus undatus)

 

Here is a closer crop so you can see that awesome face and eyes.

Jumping Spider (Platycryptus undatus)

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nsiders@sidersphoto.com (Nathanael Siders Photography) 180mm Macro Micro Nikon Tamron flash tiny http://sidersphoto.com/blog/2012/5/jumping-spider-platycryptus-undatus Mon, 28 May 2012 14:39:02 GMT
White-Lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata) http://sidersphoto.com/blog/2012/5/white-lined-sphinx-moth I found this moth dead in my garage, but it was too pretty to not go ahead and photograph.  I wish I could have got some shots of it when it was alive.

Portrait - 3 image focus stack


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nsiders@sidersphoto.com (Nathanael Siders Photography) http://sidersphoto.com/blog/2012/5/white-lined-sphinx-moth Tue, 22 May 2012 13:17:25 GMT
Flies http://sidersphoto.com/blog/2012/5/flies Here are a few photos of some various flies around the yard.

Robber Fly

Robber Fly

Muscid Fly (House Fly)

Muscidae
Muscidae

 

This one is a strange fly.  I have never seen one before now.  I've searched through some guides and believe it to be a Neogriphoneura sordida

Neogriphoneura sordida

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nsiders@sidersphoto.com (Nathanael Siders Photography) 180mm Flies Fly House Macro Micro Muscid Muscidae Nikon Robber Tamron flash tiny http://sidersphoto.com/blog/2012/5/flies Mon, 21 May 2012 03:40:21 GMT
Ambush Bugs http://sidersphoto.com/blog/2012/4/ambush-bugs Ambush Bugs, my favorite insect, are truly brutal killers.  They always hide inside of the blooms of flowers, waiting for some prey to land and feed.  They run out and grab the prey quickly and it's all over.  They are a type of assassin bug and pierce the prey with their long, sharp proboscis, a syringe like projection that folds under it's head when not in use.  They then liquify their prey from the inside out, drinking the fluid.  As you can imagine, a bite (or stab) from one of these will be very painful.  I would rather take a bite from a wolf spider or jumping spider than from one of these guys.

If you don't think that this is one mean looking face then you must know some VERY mean people.

 

How can you not LOVE an insect that feeds on mosquitos

Then again, this brutal killer will even revert to cannibalism if it gets hungry enough

This one is waiting.....hungry

This shows you the full body of one of these guys.  They look like they are covered in armor.

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nsiders@sidersphoto.com (Nathanael Siders Photography) http://sidersphoto.com/blog/2012/4/ambush-bugs Tue, 01 May 2012 02:10:03 GMT