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Potent beauty

The Orb Spider waits patiently in her net for the arrival of winged food. She is aware of my presence...the end of the lens within a few centimetres of her...but doubts she will enjoy the taste of me.

 

Orb Spider

 

Orb Spider

Potent beauty

The Orb Spider waits patiently in her net for the arrival of winged food. She is aware of my presence...the end of the lens within a few centimetres of her...but doubts she will enjoy the taste of me.

 

Orb Spider

 

Orb Spider

comments (17)

i quite like the designs on her underbelly especially with the touch of orange, Ray. fabulous shots
Ray: A lovely critter, Ayush. In a couple of days I'll show another one I found in the rice field.
Fantastic photos! I love her belly pattern!
Ray: She is a very handsome critter, Elizabeth. They are not aggressive to humans either...once I accidently ran through a web and had a big one sitting on my cheek.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 22 Nov 2017, 04:47
Je n'aime pas trop ces petites bêtes mais les photos sont très belles.
Ray: Beaucoup de gens n'aiment pas les araignées, Martine, et l'Orb Spider est une grosse et musclée, tellement de gens la craignent. En fait, ce n'est pas agressif pour les humains, et je trouve que c'est très beau.
Let's call her Shelob! (However, in that case, she probably WOULD like you!)
Ray: If this was Shelob, Ginnie, then I might be a little tentative with my camera! smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Nov 2017, 06:18
I just found out this spider is one of 2999 spider-families known. Some of those families make larges webs. Now I wonder who makes the web...male or female...
Love the close-ups very much. I am glad it is not a 'jumper'...
Ray: Spiders are fascinating, Astrid. It is believed they are the most common animals on Earth. The Orb Spider is one of the Master Web Weavers...their silk is fantastically strong and durable, and trials are being conducted to see if it is possible to farm them as an alternative to Silk Worms.

Of course, it is the female that weaves the web...the male just hangs about hoping for an opportunity for sex, but often gets eaten by the female after the event!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 22 Nov 2017, 06:26
What a start to the day - horror and delight, Ray
Ray: The female Orb Spider is a great beauty, Lisl...I love finding them.
Beurk....mais les photos sont vraiment magnifiques ..Merci à  toi
Bonne journée
Ray: La femelle Orb Spider est grande, et très belle, Claudine. Elle est maîtresse Web Weaver, et sa soie est extraordinairement forte!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 22 Nov 2017, 06:31
I suspect she would see you as rather a tough & chewy old thing..
Ray: She has much better snacking opportunities than Ole Ray, Chris...in a couple of days I'll show her with something better.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Nov 2017, 06:42
Careful.. she may suddenly leap out of her web and devour you whole. She has wonderful markings across her back.
Ray: That's her tum-tum-tummy, Alan...it has lovely decoration.

A couple of years ago I accidently ran through a web and got one just like this on my cheek...when I realised what had happened I managed to suppress the natural fear response and gently flicked her onto the grass beside the road...although she had good cause, she didn't bite me at all...
Cracking shots. Most Orb spiders eat the male after mating. Talk about going out with a bang
Ray: Yup...way to go, Bill!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 22 Nov 2017, 08:27
I’m glad it’s smaller than me Ray.
Ray: Me too, Chad...if it was as big as me then I would not be taking these shots.
I bet they can give a nasty nip
Ray: They can bite, of course, but are not aggressive except to smallish things they catch in their web, Martin.
She has great markings and lovely long legs.
Ray: Orb Spiders are very handsome critters, Mary.
Some great close-ups, she is an evil looking beasty!
Ray: Hmmmm...I tend to see "handsome" in spiders, Brian...it is all a matter of experiences and perspective, I suppose.
Wow - that's a fearsome beastie!
Ray: Swift and deadly to her prey, Tom, but pretty harmless otherwise.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 22 Nov 2017, 16:56
Wonderful creatures, but is not nice walking into one of their webs. It is strong and it sticks.
Ray: Yes...the immediate, instinctive reaction to getting a face full of their web is one of horror or at least discomfort, Louis. There is some work being done on trying to commercialise their wonderful silk.
Stop getting so close, Ray...You are frightening me...:-(
Ray: I would not get this close to some [especially] Australian spiders, Frank, but the Orb Spiders are not aggressive to anything except their small prey...you have to get close in order to appreciate their handsomeness.

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