Although I feel like I live in a spider pavilion myself, I decided to visit the Spider Pavilion exhibit at the Natural History Museum in the hope that I would see some more exotic specimens than the common house spiders that insist on living with me.
My wish came true and I have to admit I would not want to find one of these guys hanging from my bedroom curtains. Doesn’t look real, does it?
I thought these crickets at bottom left and upper right were hanging out waiting for a spidery supper. Duh, excuse my stupidity. Crickets are herbivores and it was the other way around… these juicy guys were waiting to BE supper for the spiders… and there was no escape… what a nightmare.
The visit to the Pavilion is with a timed ticket on the half hour and when your time is up they herd everybody out… not the spiders, the humans. We were allowed in five minutes late so I only had 25 minutes to roam around and shoot my photos.
The first time around I used my 18-135mm lens and the second time around I used my 60mm macro lens. I actually got some pretty good shots with both lenses. It was hard for me to hold the camera steady at all times. But I liked this slightly blurry guy anyway.
It was more scary getting up close and personal with the macro lens but I was assured (?) the jumping spiders were not interested in actually jumping on me…. shudder…
So, here is the proof that the crickets do indeed make a good fast food lunch.
My reservation was for 2:00pm. I imagine that at different times of the day you can see different types of spiders performing various activities. I would have liked to get there earlier in the morning but it wasn’t possible. By afternoon it was getting a little warm and I didn’t know if that was good or bad for arachnid activity.
As I was waiting my turn to enter the pavilion I did have time to wonder how I would react once inside. I’m not the kind of person who screams and runs when faced with an insect in my bathtub… BUT a tent filled with 300 spidies?
I didn’t have to worry. I felt quite secure behind my camera. And all the spiders seemed plenty busy spinning webs and trapping other flying critters so they had no interest in interacting with the humans.
A few months ago I had visited this same tent for the Butterfly Pavilion exhibit. The spider exhibit is on through November 2.
Spiders really are fascinating creatures, as are all members of the insect world. Why is it we enjoy looking at butterflies, but not spiders so much? When you look at them closely, spiders are gorgeous in their own way.
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