Mirror, mirror, on my butt…

I was just admiring this S. triangulosa that I found in the science building — an escapee returning to home? — and had to take a few photos. She’s very striking, with this high contrast black & white coloration.

I’ll tuck it below the fold for the arachnophobes.


  1. brightmoon says

    I could swear I saw someone on YouTube make a glass vase with that exact pattern recently. I think they were both pretty . I still hate spiders though

  2. sabai456 says

    You’re getting good at the photography thing. My macro photos suck. Are you still using focus stacking?

  3. davidc1 says

    Ooooooh you liar ,i can see it above the fold ,maybe i am getting used to photos of spiders .
    Have you ever read WEB by John Wyndham ? Think you might like it .

  4. iiandyiiii says

    Do all spiders have such a huge abdomen (or thorax, or whatever it’s called), compared to the rest of their bodies? Looks kind of like an engorged tick. What’s taking up all that space inside?

  5. says

    She had a big meal, so she’s a bit plump.

    The abdomen contains the heart and gut, silk glands, book lungs, and ovaries — lots of stuff packed in there.

  6. John Morales says

    In our last house (Springton, South Australia) we had an acre block, and I remember the wilder section being chock-full of these: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austracantha

    I hadn’t seen them before, and independently called them ‘jewel spiders’ — I was not surprised to later find that is actually one of their common names, it being so obvious when one sees them live.

  7. robro says

    Seconding sabai456 @ #5. Nice photography, PZ. I find that first shot particularly stunning.