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unknown crab spider - Bassaniana

unknown crab spider - Bassaniana
Baiting Hollow, Suffolk County, New York, USA
March 11, 2009
Size: about 6 mm
Showed up in the kitchen sink DEAD.
Might have gotten there with some leaves that I brought in.

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Moved from Bark Crab Spiders.

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Thank you, Lynette
once again for your help and for your excellent spider eye illustrations.
Now, with spiders, I include eyes in my photos of them when possible.

Now your next step is to start carrying a plastic baggie and taking epigynum shots. :)

next step
Hmmm - I'm not clear on how to proceed. Do I put the spider into the plastic bag and then transfer it to another container? I haven't so far had very much success with captured insects.
I've put them in the refrigerator to slow them down a bit, but they usually come out running.
If the container does not have a lid they run out. If it has a lid the glass distorts the photo.
Clearly I have a lot to work out : )

plastic baggie
you put the spider in the plastic bag and seal it. Don't let any air in, so that the baggie sandwiches the spider, but doesn't squeeze it. This allows you to turn the spider upside down and take close-ups of the epigynum without harming it. See my picture here:

Plastic Bag Technique
I had some elaborate idea about using plate glass in a picture frame to achieve the same effect:

- Remove the back from a picture frame so it's just glass and frame.

- Clamp picture frame horizontally and upside down between two tables so it supports the glass safely.

- Capture the spider in a jar or something on top of the glass.

- Crawl under picture frame and shoot straight up.

That would allow all kinds of lighting possibilities, but of course, I've never done it because it's so complicated! The plastic baggie achieves the same thing, in the field. And you can turn the spider over instead of turning yourself over! I never heard of that but it's a great idea! Thanks so much!

You're welcome,
I got the idea from Rod Crawford.

Thanks very much Lynette.
I've been wondering, when looking at spider photos, how they were rendered so co-operative. Now I just have to have them co-operate while getting them into the baggie.

Thanks again.

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