A Spider by Lake Jesup

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Leucauge Argyra
Canon EOS 7D with EF 400mm f/5.6L (ISO 2500 | 1/160 sec | f/5.6)
I came across this spider near the shore of Lake Jesup at Central Winds Park.  It was one among about a dozen others of the same species all in eyeshot of each other.  I positioned myself so that a tree was directly behind this one and took a few pictures, not expecting any to turn out.  I had to hand-hold with a relatively slow shutter speed, a high ISO, and I had to manually focus the lens because it was so small in the frame.  I thought it would be a good challenge, and thankfully one came out sharp.

Back home I began to search for what species of spider this might be.  The species Leucauge argyra appears to be the best match.  But this species doesn't have a common name (at least not one I could find on the web).  Now personally, I'm not sure this is quite fair.  I mean this is a perfectly fine-looking spider, and it's relatively common in Florida. This species even has a cousin with a common name, the Orchard Spider.  So why doesn't this lovely spider deserve it's own common name?  This simply isn't fair.


  1. It's magnificent how creativity leads you to tinker with you Digital SLR Cameras and produce something like this. I especially like this. It's very compelling.

  2. Topical orb weaver spider?


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