Long Jaws

portrait of a longjawed orbweaver spider

Big Mouth: portrait of a longjawed orbweaver at rest.

These spiders, the longjawed orbweavers of Genus Tetragnatha, are even odd-looking “for a spider.” (I know, very species-centric comment!) Really neat looking, I have compared them to big bad wolves before.

This particular individual was hanging out on a pine tree. I chased it around for a bit, directing it with my hand to keep it at a reasonable height, which you would think at six-foot three inches I’d have some wiggle room on that front, but I only got it to rest long in a couple spots for short periods where I could get some decent shots.

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