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Old June 15th, 2013, 06:10 PM   #1
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Trap-door Spider

Shot with Canon 550D, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro, Aputure Amaran AHL-C60. The silk-lined burrow is about fifteen millimeters in diameter. The first clip is real time and the second is the same clip slowed by shooting at 60fps and conforming to 24fps.

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Old June 15th, 2013, 10:32 PM   #2
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Impressive! How do you find the trapdoor?
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Old June 16th, 2013, 11:41 AM   #3
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Very cool!
Impressive moments you captured.
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Old June 17th, 2013, 06:12 AM   #4
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It was simply luck, Alastair. I watched her building the burrow. Even so, later I absolutely couldn’t see the door at all.

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Old June 22nd, 2013, 09:04 AM   #5
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Cool video but damn that's gross.
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Old June 23rd, 2013, 04:54 AM   #6
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That was great, but I think I may step carefully from now on!!!!!! :)

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Old June 23rd, 2013, 12:51 PM   #7
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That's awesome!
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Old August 11th, 2013, 05:17 PM   #8
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Glad they are small things!
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Old January 17th, 2014, 01:34 AM   #9
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Impressive catch. It reminds me of a Sci-Fi movie where things like that came up from the ground and grabbed people.
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Old January 17th, 2014, 02:25 AM   #10
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Stephen, do you mean the cult classic "Tremors"?
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Old January 17th, 2014, 09:02 AM   #11
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I should have mentioned that this species of spider is not native here. It was introduced at a nursery in Austin (south of the river) in the 1980’s in a shipment of tropical plants from Africa and spread south from there. For a while they were fairly common in some areas but our recent drought has knocked their population back. We have two species of local trap-door spiders (They are unrelated to each other and to this species. Trap-doors are a type of behaviour widely found among spider taxa.). Both of the native spiders are very uncommon. I last saw one twenty years ago. This spider now lives in a photo terrarium and I hope to get more similar footage with my new high frame rate camera. (I bought the Edgertronic after a DVInfo heads-up from Tim Lewis. Thanks, Tim!) Unfortunately, now that she is well fed, she is rather reluctant to perform under the lights and starving an animal to make it easier to record doesn’t fit well with my philosophy. The waiting game continues…
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