apiary creatures photographs

Tiny spider on a zip-line

I have learned a lot about my local wildlife since I began to photograph bees. Yesterday, when I tried to sneak up on a little sweat bee, I was surprised to see this tiny brown and white spider through the view finder. It was so small that I could barely see it without the camera. The spider was at the tip of a smartweed flower (Polygonum spp.) where it was tending a thread it had pulled from the tip of another flower about 6 inches away. All of a sudden it glided across the chasm to the first flower as if it were riding a zip-line. The yellow “sun burst” in the background is a small dandelion.


Spider preparing to zip.


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