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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

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Lens:150-500mm f/5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:16 Mar 2014 - 7:40 AM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
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Metering Mode:Multi-segment
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Title:Golden orb spider
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:7 Apr 2014 - 7:00 AM
Tags:Golden orb spider, Wildlife / nature
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ade123
ade123 Plus Member 2231 forum postsade123 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 7:02 AM

A brilliant image Colleen

Ade

kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise Plus Member 3421 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 7:04 AM

A wonderful capture Colleen but my worst fear, hate them with a passion GrinGrin

Kathryn

SUE118
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7 Apr 2014 - 7:14 AM

Superb captures and a very interesting write up. Hope all goes well with Rob.Smile

mistere
mistere Plus Member 2mistere vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 7:17 AM

Wonderful images Colleen and a very informative write up.
Hope all goes well for you both today.

Best wishes, Dave.

ali63
ali63 Plus Member 3662 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 7:18 AM

Superb images Colleen, so very pleased to hear that Rob can come home good wishes to you both SmileSmile

Ali

Badgerfred
Badgerfred Plus Member 8Badgerfred vcard Wales
7 Apr 2014 - 7:28 AM

Super set Colleen,
Fred.

NDODS
NDODS Plus Member 44244 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom116 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 7:28 AM

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
CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 7:29 AM

She is beautiful, Colleen, and so well captured, too. Great news about Rob, you must be so pleased Smile Carol

781969
781969  1 India
7 Apr 2014 - 8:04 AM

Perfect capture,perfect catch.

Vikram.

pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty Plus Member 2pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 8:08 AM

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

PhotoArtImages

Superb captures Colleen and great info provide Smile

viscostatic
7 Apr 2014 - 8:31 AM

Beautiful close-ups and fascinating information Colleen.

Phil.

ddolfelin
ddolfelin Plus Member 372 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 8:43 AM

Eight inch spiders!
It's a wonder folk don't trip over them.
Great shots, Colleen.
Hope all goes to plan today.

Last Modified By ddolfelin at 7 Apr 2014 - 8:44 AM
LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce Plus Member 7LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 8:47 AM

Delightful creatures nicely captured and an absolutely fascinating description.

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE Plus Member 6EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 9:01 AM

Thanks for the write up Colleen - like many, spiders are not my favourites, but excellent photos I can deal with.Grin
Joan.

barbarahirst
barbarahirst Plus Member 7barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 9:40 AM

Oh Happy Day

Ted447
Ted447 Plus Member 2106 forum postsTed447 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 9:48 AM

Lovely set of images. Ted. GrinGrin

leontari
leontari Plus Member 2leontari vcard Greece
7 Apr 2014 - 9:55 AM

Brilliant set of images Colleen. Love the colour and light in V1 and V2.
Effrossini

rontear
rontear Plus Member 12rontear vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 10:00 AM

Fascinating facts Colleen and the images ain't bad either.Smile
Ron

Mollycat
Mollycat Plus Member 2Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 10:05 AM

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

DicksPics
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7 Apr 2014 - 10:50 AM

Three superb images and an interesting write up, too, Colleen!

Richard

BIGRY1
BIGRY1 Plus Member 3BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 11:29 AM

Brilliant images and a great write upGrin
Ryan

Jenny-D
Jenny-D Plus Member 5Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 - 11:34 AM

Fab images Colleen, very interesting write-up. Great news that Rob is coming home Smile

Jenny Smile

digital_boi
7 Apr 2014 - 11:47 AM

hmmm we did not get such a detail explanation on the breeding shot BlushWink lol

Graham

marktc
marktc Plus Member 485 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 11:49 AM

Excellent work here Colleen and very informative. Good news about Rob.

ColleenA
ColleenA Plus Member 3302 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 12:00 PM


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

williamsloan
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7 Apr 2014 - 12:28 PM

A superbly taken set great images


Billy

mikbee
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7 Apr 2014 - 1:03 PM

Fine captures of the little critter Colleen.
Good shots.
Mick.

brian17302
brian17302 Plus Member 3brian17302 vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 1:34 PM

Great close up images of this colourful spider, & interesting narrative again, Colleen

Sheddy
Sheddy Plus Member 6Sheddy vcard United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 - 2:06 PM

Real nice close ups,very good.

Val Prowse
Val Prowse Plus Member 12Val Prowse vcard England
7 Apr 2014 - 2:08 PM

Brilliant close up images and a very interesting and informative narrative.

Val

taggart
taggart Plus Member 1046 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 2:22 PM

Well done, good to have included the web!

cheesey
cheesey  9 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 - 2:58 PM

Great shots, very nicely captured.
Cheesey.

brandish
brandish Plus Member 1brandish vcard United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 - 3:03 PM

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.

ukgubbi
ukgubbi Plus Member 3ukgubbi vcard India
7 Apr 2014 - 3:16 PM

Love the dof. Great clarity.Well captured

Maiwand
Maiwand Plus Member 8Maiwand vcard England71 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 3:19 PM

Some great images Colleen and a very interesting narrative.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

Brian65
Brian65  6 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 - 3:24 PM

Great shots and info, thanks Colleen. Hope you manage Rob today.
Brian

prabhusinha
prabhusinha Plus Member 7prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 3:29 PM

Thanks for the information. It look good now

Fred263
Fred263 Plus Member 3Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 - 3:33 PM

Great set of macro images, Colleen. Narrative adds great context too. V2 is my fave.

Fred

Last Modified By Fred263 at 7 Apr 2014 - 3:34 PM
kuvailija
kuvailija Plus Member 3kuvailija vcard Finland
7 Apr 2014 - 3:48 PM

Excellent images and news about Rob ! Hope everything goes well !WinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWink --- Jukka.

ChristineD
7 Apr 2014 - 3:49 PM

A wonderful set of images

capto
capto Plus Member 32612 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 5:42 PM

Great set, the females seem enormous.Smile

ivor

lifesnapper
lifesnapper Plus Member 9lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 6:45 PM

Great Images Colleen but Spiders are NOT my fav' creature by a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG way.

John Smile

GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis Plus Member 2GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 6:48 PM

Excellent captures of this special spider and informative writing..Smile!
George

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 Plus Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 7:29 PM

A great write up Colleen, 3 great imagesSmile

Cliff

bobsblues
bobsblues  5 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 8:01 PM

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
WhiteRose1 Plus Member 51381 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England146 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 8:06 PM

Fascinating stuff and well illustrated, Colleen. All the best for your home nursing Grin

Dave

netta1234
netta1234 Plus Member 3252 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 8:28 PM

Brilliant set ColleenSmile
NettaSmile

netta1234
netta1234 Plus Member 3252 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 8:29 PM

Forgot to say that I hope Rob came home and that he is improvingSmile
Netta

Holmewood
Holmewood Plus Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 - 9:21 PM

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
Franko59 Plus Member 4Franko59 vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 9:29 PM

Very interesting write up and great set of images! Worthy of a Nat Geo article!

Irishkate
Irishkate Plus Member 432 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom84 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 10:51 PM

Excellent macros of these scary spiders.
KateGrinGrinGrin

Glostopcat
Glostopcat Plus Member 9251 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 11:26 PM

Three terrific macros Colleen and a fascinating and informative write up to accompany them

stub197
stub197  3
10 Apr 2014 - 12:12 AM

wow what a informative wright up colleen
helps you understand Natures way
that's one Big girl - poor Lad GrinSmileSmile

Chinga
Chinga Plus Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
16 Apr 2014 - 2:53 AM

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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