This is what 800 Brown Widow Spiders looks like

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Or at least, this is what they look like before they hatch ;)

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Nikon D100, Nikon 300mm f/4D ED-IF AF-S, 1/60th handheld w/built-in flash.

I'll post photos of the babies after they hatch, as well as the parents.
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You're definately insane Axe :lol:

This is as close to spiders as I ever want to get, nice shot :D
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I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU POSTED THAT!
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hehe, you wait'll they hatch ;)
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at least its not a spider...yet...


spiders freak me the f**k out.... :shock: :o
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Spiders are a fascinating part of nature. Not much different than a worm or slug. They all have their own beauty and purpose (although I can't specifically tell you what the beauty /purpose of a brown widow spider might be *lol - nor a slug or worm for that matter) I admire Axe's love of this. Even more so, his ability to capture the right moments.
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The beauty/purpose of the brown widow is that they help get rid of those damn pesky mosquitoes!!! ;)
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I understand the niche that spiders fill in all types of environments...but still...the hell with'em lol
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I literally shuddered the moment i saw that. I HATE spiders. :oops:
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in terms of the photo, it's a nice shot. I like the angle and lines, good DOF. The textures are good too. I think the sack could be just a tad more in frame towards the center, but that's nitpicking. I like spiders, i think they're one of natures wonders. And to get rid of mosquitos makes them even more useful. ;)
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anything that stings is bad :(
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Frogs eat mosquitos too. I am perfectly happy with the job they are doing. We don't need spiders. Great shot, Axe.
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hey wow, reminds me of a lot of black widow nests I find in the garage, under lawnmowers etc.

Are brown widows poisonous?
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Yup. Apparently their venom is actually about twice as toxic as the black widow's, however they inject MUCH smaller quantities, so overall, a bite from a brown isn't going to be as potentially harmful as a bite from a black.

But, nobody's died from a black widow bite in over 30 years, apparently, so no big deal. I got bit by a black a coupla years ago. Aside from feeling crappy for 3-4 days, no problem. :)
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Well, that sac ended up having 6 others join it. That one pictured above just started to hatch out today.

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For a size comparison, that's a 35mm plastic film canister they're in.
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are those other 6 going to start adding to the sac? why are they there?
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OMG i hope you don't have a lot of those all around your house. If you do you should vacuum a lil. Just kidding Axe, good shot
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Vladdrac: All those spiders there came out of 1 eggsac. There's between 500-800 babies inside that thing. And there's 500-800 babies in each of the other three eggsacs I have. :)

Each eggsac is in a separate 35mm film canister. As each sac hatches, I'll let them emerge, then cannibalize over the next couple of weeks til each can is down to a manageable number (say 10-15 spiders), then split them up individually.

I was told that brown widows lay one eggsac about every 3-4 weeks. Well, she's dropped 7 of them over the past 3 weeks, so I guess that estimate was a lil off. ;)
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wow I see, hmm yeah good idea to let them eat each other...youll definately get the strongest specimens.

What are you planning to do with the 10-15? keep them in an aquarium?
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I'll keep some of them. I have a few friends that are spider nuts that want a few too :)
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i admire your admiration for the spider axe but personally i would have destroyed the nest before it hatched cos i hate spiders and im from ireland were the biggest spider is about the size of a quarter and they rarely bite never mind have venom lol
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*shudders.... i hate spiders.

nice shots tho :D
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loved both photos and you did a great job on the capture of the babies. I teach high school biology and take photos of the insects of the wetlands that we have in front of our school.

Have you tried a set of macro filters for the camera yet?
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god i hate spiders..... were do you live i got a can of raid... it is not working on the computer the photos are still there.... awwwww run...
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mtg131g wrote:
Have you tried a set of macro filters for the camera yet?

I don't use macro filters, I have a dedicated Macro lens. I use a Nikon D100 Digital SLR, not a point n' shoot :)

I do need to upgrade the lens though. Right now I'm trying to decide between these two..

Nikon 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor

Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX APO Macro EX DG HSM

I'm leaning towards the Sigma at the moment, but I want to give them both a good playing with first, see how the sharpness compares.

Thanks for the compliments guys :)
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I have a sigma 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 with built in macro lens and love it and my 28-80mm lens and it too has the built in macro lens. I will post some of the macro shots that I have taken with both lenses. I just have to make the pictures according to site standards.
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Yeah, the Sigma 28-80 and 70-300 "macro" aren't true macros, besides, with variable focal lengths, I'd rather get a good prime.

I use the Nikon 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6D AF, and the 18-70DX, so I don't need another in that range. Over 80mm, I usually only shoot 300mm anyway, and my 300mm f/4D ED-IF AF-S works beautifully.

I just need a nice semi-long fixed-focal macro :)
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613flavah wrote:
I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU POSTED THAT!


AXE your are defenitly different :twisted:

For this years ozzu awards, we should have a catagory for most unique personality. I think AXE would sweep this category. :P

EDIT: or most Abnormal Personality
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if i ever saw a brown spider nest, the first thing i know i'd look for is a HAMMER, not a camera

sheesh i think i'd pass out before any thoughts came trough my head

im horrified of spiders, small ones even... dead ones too... omg zombie spider, thats evil times 3 X_X

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What's up with everyone? Spiders rock, they eat flies (the're animals to hate if ever there was one). :twisted:
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