Shot this 6 legged spider in his web. Not sure how a spider loses 2 legs, but it’s not something I see often. Seemed photo worthy 🙂
This time a year ago, you wouldn’t have caught me within spitting distance of this big beauty. I’m not saying I want to hold her and let her crawl up my arm, but I’ve developed a bit of an understanding with her. A mutual agreement if you will. If she stays in her designated space, I will not swing the broom at her.
This is Matilda. She is a Dome-web Spider. I named her because she has been living by our pool fence for several weeks now. Her web was amazing, a castle in it’s own rights.
The maintenance guy came to clean our roof and gutters today. In the process of all the leaf blowing, Matilda and her web were blown down and in a complete mess between the rungs of the pool gate. I knew she’d eventually correct the mess and renovate her castle to it’s previous establishment, but honestly it was starting to look too much like a prop for a haunted house.
I gently relocated Matilda and her huge, mummy sack of prey or eggs or whatever it may be to a more appropriate location in the bush behind the house. I think she’ll be happier there.
I don’t really like spiders. Which means, my relationship with them is progressing, because I would have previously said, “I hate spiders”. I’ve developed a real appreciation for them, as well as other little bugs…thanks to my macro lens.
I find really nice spider webs to be beautiful, especially when they’re covered in morning dew. There wasn’t any dew this morning, but this little web was very nice indeed. Unfortunately the picture isn’t as great as I’d like for it to be, as the cluster of grass behind the spider is a bit distracting to my eye. I will get this picture right next time.
On another note, King Parrots ‘invaded’ us this evening. It’s not unusual for us to get several throughout the day, however, a flock of about 10 came all at once today. Again, we do occasionally get multiple parrots at once, but usually they are mostly adults, accompanied by a juvenile. This particular group was all juveniles, accompanied by one adult. I didn’t get them all in the same photo unfortunately, but here is three juveys, having a little feed.