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Spinnerets, common Funnel Web Weaver | by Small Creatures
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Spinnerets, common Funnel Web Weaver

This is a close view of a female funnel weaver covering her newly laid eggs with a protective coating of tough, but soft silk. The spinnerets were in constant motion, like someone very slowly wiggling two fingers. Here you can see the very soft "cottony" silk produced by the spinnerets, totally different from the silk used to wrap prey. Shot through the glass wall of her terrarium, she was in constant motion except for a brief pause about every 30 seconds or so. Very limited depth of field was a problem, with this and only one other image being good enough to bother posting. Barely visible when the image is viewed at its largest size, under the coarse hairs of the spinnerets are "feathers", modified hairs that are found on other areas of the spider, especially the cephalothorax.


Taken with a Nikon D-60, Nikkor-H 85mm f/1.8 lens focused at infinity, with the compression module of an Iscorama Anamorphic Lens (1968 version), also focused at infinity, mounted on the 85mm. The objective from a badly damaged Cimko 75-200mm lens was reverse mounted on the Iscorama. Lighting provided by a Nikon SB-23 speedlight bounced off foil reflectors of a home-made macro bracket.



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Taken on October 22, 2018