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The Color Red--"Leave Me Alone"

The Color Red--
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Copyright: steven warnstaff (wahclella) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 7 N: 224] (1119)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2000-08
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Pentax SF1N, pentax 80-200mm 2.8 EDIF
Exposure: f/5.6
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-07 8:17
Viewed: 3028
Points: 6
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I was hiking in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest near a creekbed when I came upon three strands of web tied across two trees. As I stopped and looked for the spider that spun its death trap I noticed-"Barely" this spider of unknown name, tying off its web to the tree trunk. I have looked through several Northwest Arachnoid Books without success, as well as sent this and another image to a professor for its classification and have yet to find its name. I dropped a small branch on the three strands of web and they did not break, quite tough, as is known in bird eating tarantulas in South America.
Does anyone know this camouflaged Spider's name with the bright, red legs?
I have never seen another in the woods like this, so I know it is not a common spider to the area, or at least the locations where I hike.

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To lovenature: Hi Janice,wahclella 2 06-05 08:49
To lovenature: Hello Janicewahclella 1 04-22 11:27
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Interesting...do you happen to know lat longs on your location there Steve? Or just plain...perhaps how far from the volcanic fields and which way would you face to see the mountain? this is an interesting find which brings lots of questions..Very nice presentation for approval.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-08 0:04]

Hi Steven,
Very interesting find, good specimen in almost camouflaged against the tree trunk, good lighting showing its red legs. Hope this will be ID soon. tfs.

Hi Steve...Happy Spring!
Nice capture of this spider in the sunlight. It has a body similar to an Orb Weaver. I know there are many different species of Orb Weaver (we have over 25 species in Alberta) It's hard to tell how large or small this guy is. He pretty cool looking there on the rocks.
TFS Janice.....the sun is trying to peak out : )

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