Found a new little spider

We poked around the garage where we found those little spiderlings, and we found this pale little cutie nearby. Maybe they’re related?

I’m guessing Enoplognatha, but I could be totally wrong and it’s Pityohyphantes. Or maybe something else?


  1. blf says

    The mildly deranged penguin notes the rings in the background are a giveaway. That is, she asserts, a false-colour image of an arc of Saturn’s rings. So either the spider is over 100,000 km wide, or else someone needs to clean their lens.

  2. marcoli says

    I peeked at the Exif data of your picture, and I can see the make and model of the camera, the lens, and the various settings used to take this picture.
    You shot at 85mm focal length with a 17-85mm lens. The shutter speed used was 1/32, and the aperture was f/8. Both of these contribute to a blurry picture. A rule of thumb for taking hand-held pictures is to use a shutter speed that is faster than the inverse of the focal length. So at 85mm you would want a shutter speed of at least 1/85. Realistically that would be 1/100. This removes most effects of camera shake.
    The aperture is pretty wide (understandable if shooting in low light), but f/8 has a very shallow depth of focus. f/10 or f/11 will do better.
    Use the flash to add more light at faster shutter speeds / smaller apertures.
    The least expensive way to make this lens better at close up focus is to lock down its aperture at, say, f/11. Turn off the camera, then mount the lens in reverse with a reversing ring. Focus by moving the camera back and forth. Led lights can provide supplemental lighting. I have used a cheap bicycle light, strapped onto the lens with rubber bands.