Composing this shot was quite a circus – Western ghats monsoon, heavy camera equipment, macro lens focus breathing and a big umbrella to protect the expensive gear! As you would imagine, this was quite a balancing act. However, all this and much more was worth every bit to get a near perfect shot of this master at work with it’s master piece.
Want to know more about this and the blue blooded fellow earthling? Read on..
In macro photography, while one is spoilt by choice with as many subjects to photograph around, composition and usage of right amount of light is quite challenging. And during monsoon, not to forget our little friends – ‘leeches’, who will never miss an opportunity to feast upon you and all the other forms of life that comes alive at night which will reinforce the fear of unknown in you! It is their world after all and as almost always the stranger is the one who has to take all the precaution.
To be honest, I am not happy with this shot. I would have liked an even better, crisper image especially at the centre, well I believe there is always a next time.
Coming to the subject in focus here, spiders and their behaviour have intrigued us for time immemorial.
Here are some facts that fascinate me – Did you know spiders are not insects? Instead, spiders are known as arachnids because they only have two body segments instead of three. Other examples of arachnids are scorpions, mites, and ticks.
Spiders blood is blue in colour unlike ours – There’s actually a scientific explanation for this. In humans, oxygen is bound to a molecule that contains iron, this gives our blood that red colour. However, in spiders, the molecule that oxygen is bound to contain copper, which gives their blood the blue colour.
We all know spiders spin webs to catch other bugs to eat, but as a matter of fact not all spiders make webs! Some actively hunt their prey and pounce.
Please be rest assured that most spiders discovered till date are not dangerous to humans. There are approximately over 30,000 different species of spiders currently known. However, some scientists believe that there are a lot more to be discovered.
Spiders are everywhere. Research suggests that immaterial of which part of the world you are in (except the polar regions), you are almost always just ten feet away from a spider.
It is amazing to know, the silk strands in a web are 5x stronger than a piece of steel the same size. The silk is a liquid inside the spider’s abdomen. When the spider releases it, it becomes solid and forms a thread.
Spiders don’t usually eat their prey because they have small mouths. Instead, they put chemicals into and on the prey to turn the body into a liquid. Then the spider sucks it up. The hair on a spider’s first pair of legs are sensitive to taste. The spider “tastes” its prey by touching it.
Some spiders love to dance, trust me this isn’t fiction. The peacock spiders, performs a dance as part of their mating ritual. However, unfortunately, if the male spider’s rendition doesn’t impress the female she will attempt to attack, kill and even eat him.
Watch a video published by National Geographic on this, it is spectacular:
The list goes on, please do take some time and enjoy browsing amazing facts of this fellow earthling.
Info source: Several credible reading reference and internet sources
Like in the case of several other organisms, habitat loss is the biggest threat to spiders as well. We must do everything possible in our capacity, to make our planet a better place for coexistence before it is too late.