Taking a spider break for a few hours.
A tremendous “thank you for your patience” to everyone who’s been waiting all week (or longer!) for an ID!
I can’t tell from your photo whether or not she’s dead so I’ll just hope that she isn’t because I have no other way to contact you.
She’s not a widow spider but a harmless orb weaver in the genus Neoscona. I can’t see the other side of her abdomen, so I hesitate to give a species. These three are native so if you’ve seen or can send me a photo of the other side of her, one of us can figure out who she is. :) I am leaning a bit towards N. domiciliorum, though.
Thank you for sharing!
This spider is in my Kitchen. Double Paned window. I’m in Tyler, Texas. Is it a wolf spider?
I’m afraid the photo is a bit too blurry for me to be sure who you have there. Could be a wolf spider, could be a funnel weaver- the silk behind her looks like the outskirts of a funnel web. Those are my best two guesses and I could still be wrong. She- the palps don’t appear to have “bulbs” on the ends, so she’s female- could be from another family entirely. But she doesn’t resemble either a widow or brown recluse.
If you see her- or someone like her.. or any spider- again, please feel free to send me as many photos as you can! Thanks for sharing and sorry I couldn’t be of better assistance!
This is in response to attreeothechoosenone question:
This sounds like one of two issues.
1) If the lens diaphragm (aperture) is too open (low f-number), the part of the picture that will be in focus is very small. Increasing the f-stop (making the aperture smaller) will increase the depth of field (making more things in focus).
2) If the aperture is too small (too large of an f-number), you will start having problems with diffraction from the small opening. The diffraction makes things away from the center blurry, so you end up with a central area looking sharp, growing less sharp as you get to the edge of the picture. There’s a good explanation of the diffraction issue (though maybe in too much detail) here http://www.bobatkins.com/photography/technical/diffraction.html
For most macro work, I generally shoot with a 105mm macro lens at f-stops between f11 and f16 which gets the best of both worlds (decent depth of field and not too much diffraction).
Also if you are not using a flash, you usually need to use a tripod (or some other camera support) as the short camera-to-subject distance amplifies any shaking/movement of the camera and makes the picture blurry.