Photos of the Week – June 17, 2021

l’ve been in the field a lot over the last week or so. It’s been very hot, so I’ve been trying to get outside by sunrise. That’s been helpful in terms of getting work done in reasonable temperatures, but also means I’ve had some good photography light. I have hundreds of photos from the last 8 days, but among the subjects I’ve photographed, spiders have been prominent.

Below is a selection of spider photos from the last week or so. Many of you know my proclivity for photographing crab spiders, and several of those are included, but there is a nice selection of others as well. Enjoy!

Crab spider on a wilting shell leaf penstemon flower. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 400, f/11 at 1/160 sec.
Tiny spider and orb web. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 400, f/11 at 1/500 sec.
Long-jawed orbweaver, backlit on yarrow. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 400, f/13 at 1/80 sec.
I think this crab spider had just finished feeding on this stink bug because it dropped it shortly after I took this photo. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 400, f/11 at 1/160 sec.
Crab spider silhouette. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 640, f/18 at 1/160 sec.
Tiny spider in its web on a shell leaf penstemon plant. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 500, f/14 at 1/200 sec.
Spider hiding on a stem of needle-and-thread grass (Tibellus sp?). Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 320, f/11 at 1/250 sec.
Lynx spider on showy milkweed leaf. Nikon 105mm macro lens. ISO 500, f/16 at 1/250 sec.
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About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. His main role is to evaluate and capture lessons from the Conservancy’s land management and restoration work and then share those lessons with other landowners – both private and public. In addition, Chris works to raise awareness about the importance of prairies and their conservation through his writing, photography, and presentations to various groups. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska with his wife Kim and their children.

7 thoughts on “Photos of the Week – June 17, 2021

  1. I have never seen that last spider before. It is attractive with it’s unusual body shape and color. I always enjoy your insect photos. Well done.

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