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Golden orb spider

By ColleenA
Good morning....
Today I have a Golden orb spider...they are prolific at this time of the year at the lodge. They are large with shiny legs with yellow joints. The female is 20 cm across from toe to toe, the males are small and brown at 5 cm. They are not the largest spider but makes the largest and strongest web. it gets its name from the golden colour of the web. These golden threads shine in the sunlight and attract bees.
Designed to catch large flying insects, the web is slightly angled. The silk is so strong that it can trap small birds which it doesnt eat. These trapped birds can destroy the web by thrashing around. So to avoid such damage they often line the web with husks of insects. They also spin a thick stabelimentum in the middle of the web to strengthen it and make it visible to birds. The silk is almost as strong as kevlar.
The Golden orb spider's venom is generally harmless to humans and rarely bite.
Golden orb spiders are top predators in the insect world.... the more she eats the larger she gets which inevitably results in her having to shed her exoskeleton. This means she moults periodically to grow. The male is tiny enough to live on the females web stealing her food, often without her even noticing him.
When the time comes to breed the small size of the male makes it a daunting task for him...(some are 1,000 times smaller than the female) the male knows that to father young he has to mate with a cannibal.....yes guys she eats him when he runs out of uses....Grin
To avoid going from dishy to dinner, he presents her with a silk wrapped food parcel and mates with her while she is preoccupied with eating it....GrinGrin Sometimes mating can take up to 15 hours. A heart shaped egg sack is laid in the sand and consists up to 9000 eggs with only a 2% survival rate to maturity.

V2 another view...
V3 a view of the nest and the male above her on the web. You can see the thicker section in the middle of the nest as well as bits of twig and husks she has spread around to make it visible for birds.
These are not the sharpest images as I was far from the web and hand holding the camera in the vehicle.

Have a nice day....I am allowed to fetch Rob and bring him home todayGrinGrin

Tags: Wildlife and nature Golden orb spider

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ade123 Plus
3 262 1 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 7:02AM
A brilliant image Colleen

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7 Apr 2014 7:04AM
A wonderful capture Colleen but my worst fear, hate them with a passion GrinGrin

Kathryn
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 7:14AM
Superb captures and a very interesting write up. Hope all goes well with Rob.Smile
mistere Plus
3 1 3 England
7 Apr 2014 7:17AM
Wonderful images Colleen and a very informative write up.
Hope all goes well for you both today.

Best wishes, Dave.
ali63 Plus
4 753 1 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 7:18AM
Superb images Colleen, so very pleased to hear that Rob can come home good wishes to you both SmileSmile

Ali
Super set Colleen,
Fred.
NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 7:28AM
An interesting and informative pre narrative supported by three very well photographed, processed and presented images Colleen. I love the striking Tiger like colours...

Regards Nathan
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
7 Apr 2014 7:29AM
She is beautiful, Colleen, and so well captured, too. Great news about Rob, you must be so pleased Smile Carol
Bantu Plus
3 7 1 India
7 Apr 2014 8:04AM
Perfect capture,perfect catch.

Vikram.
7 Apr 2014 8:08AM
Wonderful photos Colleen. The write up is fascinating. Love this "from dishy to dinner". Very well written. Best wishes to you both. I hope it all goes well.
Patty Grin
Superb captures Colleen and great info provide Smile
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 8:31AM
Beautiful close-ups and fascinating information Colleen.

Phil.
7 Apr 2014 8:43AM
Eight inch spiders!
It's a wonder folk don't trip over them.
Great shots, Colleen.
Hope all goes to plan today.
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 8:47AM
Delightful creatures nicely captured and an absolutely fascinating description.
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 10 10 England
7 Apr 2014 9:01AM
Thanks for the write up Colleen - like many, spiders are not my favourites, but excellent photos I can deal with.Grin
Joan.
7 Apr 2014 9:40AM
Oh Happy Day
Ted447 Plus
3 183 1 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 9:48AM
Lovely set of images. Ted. GrinGrin
7 Apr 2014 9:55AM
Brilliant set of images Colleen. Love the colour and light in V1 and V2.
Effrossini
rontear Plus
13 8 7 England
7 Apr 2014 10:00AM
Fascinating facts Colleen and the images ain't bad either.Smile
Ron
Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 10:05AM
My Lesley would have freaked out if she was confronted with this beast. Not my favourites also, but good pictures Colleen. Good news about your husband.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
7 Apr 2014 10:50AM
Three superb images and an interesting write up, too, Colleen!

Richard
BIGRY1 Plus
4 3 7 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 11:29AM
Brilliant images and a great write upGrin
Ryan
7 Apr 2014 11:34AM
Fab images Colleen, very interesting write-up. Great news that Rob is coming home Smile

Jenny Smile
7 Apr 2014 11:47AM
hmmm we did not get such a detail explanation on the breeding shot BlushWink lol

Graham
marktc Plus
5 86 14 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 11:49AM
Excellent work here Colleen and very informative. Good news about Rob.
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
7 Apr 2014 12:00PM

Quote:Hmmm we did not get such a detail explanation on the breeding shot BlushWink lol

Graham


That's because it was Sunday Graham, also the lady frog doesn't eat the male frog as does the spider....but in both cases the males don't seem to do too much in way of making it easier for the females....Wink
A superbly taken set great images


Billy
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
7 Apr 2014 1:03PM
Fine captures of the little critter Colleen.
Good shots.
Mick.
7 Apr 2014 1:34PM
Great close up images of this colourful spider, & interesting narrative again, Colleen
Real nice close ups,very good.
Brilliant close up images and a very interesting and informative narrative.

Val
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
7 Apr 2014 2:22PM
Well done, good to have included the web!
cheesey 10 2 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 2:58PM
Great shots, very nicely captured.
Cheesey.
Hi Colleen,these are very good macro shots.Interesting commentary on a spider that I had no idea about.Cannot pick a favourite,all jolly good.
Martyn.Glad that you liked my crypt photos.
Martyn.
7 Apr 2014 3:16PM
Love the dof. Great clarity.Well captured
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
7 Apr 2014 3:19PM
Some great images Colleen and a very interesting narrative.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 3:24PM
Great shots and info, thanks Colleen. Hope you manage Rob today.
Brian
7 Apr 2014 3:29PM
Thanks for the information. It look good now
Great set of macro images, Colleen. Narrative adds great context too. V2 is my fave.

Fred
Excellent images and news about Rob ! Hope everything goes well !WinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWink --- Jukka.
7 Apr 2014 3:49PM
A wonderful set of images
capto Plus
4 4.0k 8 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 5:42PM
Great set, the females seem enormous.Smile

ivor
7 Apr 2014 6:45PM
Great Images Colleen but Spiders are NOT my fav' creature by a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG way.

John Smile
7 Apr 2014 6:48PM
Excellent captures of this special spider and informative writing..Smile!
George
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 72 14 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 7:29PM
A great write up Colleen, 3 great imagesSmile

Cliff
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 8:01PM
Wonderful and informative write up Colleen 15hrs mating now that's a thought Blush great pics though
Must have missed the news on Rob was it his back again ? Hope all goes well Colleen
Rob
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
7 Apr 2014 8:06PM
Fascinating stuff and well illustrated, Colleen. All the best for your home nursing Grin

Dave
netta1234 Plus
4 369 2 Wales
7 Apr 2014 8:28PM
Brilliant set ColleenSmile
NettaSmile
netta1234 Plus
4 369 2 Wales
7 Apr 2014 8:29PM
Forgot to say that I hope Rob came home and that he is improvingSmile
Netta
Fantastic shots Colleen with a brilliant write up. He is so small compared to her. Brilliant news about Rob. Hope he is well. Cathy
Franko59 5 3 1 England
7 Apr 2014 9:29PM
Very interesting write up and great set of images! Worthy of a Nat Geo article!
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 10:51PM
Excellent macros of these scary spiders.
KateGrinGrinGrin
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
7 Apr 2014 11:26PM
Three terrific macros Colleen and a fascinating and informative write up to accompany them
10 Apr 2014 12:12AM
wow what a informative wright up colleen
helps you understand Natures way
that's one Big girl - poor Lad GrinSmileSmile
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2014 2:53AM
I am glad you did a write up as I spotted those in Seychelles and didn't know what they were (in the realm of spiders) or how dangerous so I stayed well clear as I didn't wish to have a bite...
Good reportage with good images and info.
IB

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