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Emily the Spider [May. 28th, 2015|07:11 am]
kyle cassidy
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Last year we had a cabinet spider and her adorable children. Posting photos of them caused a mass-unfriending the likes of which the world has never before scene. This year, we were super excited when Emily the Branch Tip spider set up house on our back porch [EDIT: She's not a branch tip spider, she's been ID'd by experts as a featherlegged orb weaver]. She spins a web that looks like a fraternity built it and then had a party in it, it's a giant mess, occasionally there's just a big glob of aimless silk, but it works for her. She averages one fly a day and I started taking photos of her every day.

Emily is a tiny thing, smaller than a pencil eraser and I find it amazing that she's alive and performing her miraculous work, spinning webs and catching flies that are the same size as her. And on the other hand I'm glad that I'm not four millimeters tall because the world is a terrible, terrible place if you're small. There are venomous monsters that will bite you, wrap you in silk and suck your insides out.

But I'm a giant.

To avoid the spider fiasco of last year, I've put this first

Clickenzee to embiggen Emily!

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[User Picture]From: yackersmaren
2015-05-28 06:20 pm (UTC)


I have a fear...but not too bad. She is cool the detail in the picture is awesome.
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[User Picture]From: moon_chylde
2015-05-28 06:21 pm (UTC)
I find this, as Spock would say, fascinating.

And that photo is fracking amazing.
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From: kaspurr
2015-05-28 09:24 pm (UTC)
"the world has never before scene." *seen
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[User Picture]From: schquee
2015-05-28 09:36 pm (UTC)
Aww. She's adorable. I'd love to see last year's spider, is there a link?
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[User Picture]From: schquee
2015-05-29 04:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: khemlab
2015-05-28 09:44 pm (UTC)
Emily looks like she has a crown on.
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[User Picture]From: avivasedai
2015-05-28 10:44 pm (UTC)


That's a beautiful picture, but I have no idea what she's caught. It boggles me; my eyes are not making sense of it as an insect.
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[User Picture]From: batwrangler
2015-05-29 12:09 am (UTC)

Re: Wow.

It looks like maybe a green bottle fly: The purple-y bits on the left of the image are its eyes, its stomach is facing Emily, and its abdomen seems to be folded in half (no visible wings).
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[User Picture]From: tripleransom
2015-05-28 11:17 pm (UTC)
I love it. I must have missed last year's spider. Is there a link?
Emily reminds me of drag0nette and her wonderful spider photo essay.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2015-05-30 04:51 pm (UTC)
I don't remember when it was, but it's a great opportunity to scroll back through a whole year of great stuff you probably missed!
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[User Picture]From: batwrangler
2015-05-29 12:09 am (UTC)
Lovely picture. Yay, Emily!
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From: wrayb
2015-05-29 12:26 am (UTC)

Bagged it.

You and the spider.

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[User Picture]From: dabowmer
2015-05-29 02:48 am (UTC)


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