Orb Spider

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    Not one of my favorite creatures, but thought this Orb Spider was quite interesting...

    Generally, orb-weaving spiders are three-clawed builders of flat webs with sticky spiral capture silk. The building of a web is an engineering feat, begun when the spider floats a line on the wind to another surface. The spider secures the line and then drops another line from the center, making a "Y". The rest of the scaffolding follows with many radii of non-sticky silk being constructed before a final spiral of sticky capture silk. The third claw is used to walk on the non-sticky part of the web. Characteristically, the prey insect that blunders into the sticky lines is stunned by a quick bite and then wrapped in silk. If the prey is a venomous insect, such as a wasp, wrapping may precede biting. Many orb-weavers build a new web each day. Generally, towards evening, the spider will consume the old web, rest for approximately an hour, then spin a new web in the same general location.

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    1. yokopakumayoko 56 months ago | reply

      Excellent work!Congrats

    2. yokopakumayoko 56 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Obiettivo & Fotocamera, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    4. yokopakumayoko 56 months ago | reply

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    5. Dr. Ilia 56 months ago | reply

      beautifully captured!
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    6. Connie Lemperle 56 months ago | reply

      Love the angle you photographed this. Just beautiful and plus love the bokeh!
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    7. LizLikesTheVu 56 months ago | reply

      This is gorgeous! I love spiders, but your bokeh and web are phenomenal.

      Thank you for visiting my photo.

    8. tammyjq41 56 months ago | reply

      I wish I wish I wish I could get a shot like this!!! Awesome

    9. Wonderfully Made Images 56 months ago | reply

      You are so brave... Great shot, and the most wonderful bokeh....

    10. Hot Flash Photography 56 months ago | reply

      AWESOME, Judi. What a great shot - the bokeh is to die for. Might actually hit the Academy today.

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    11. r.AI (-) 56 months ago | reply

      Absolutely stunning work!!! Have a great weekend my friend!

    12. mamietherese1 56 months ago | reply

      Wow ! Great capture !

      I have seen this amazing Macro shot in the Amazing Macros Group.

    13. CW61 56 months ago | reply

      Amazing capture!

    14. silviaON 56 months ago | reply

      wow - wonderful light and capture :)

    15. webbp37 56 months ago | reply

      Oh Judi, this is incredible! the light is wonderful, the bokeh is amazing, fantastic details and then...you taught me so much I didn't know about this interesting creature!!! Fantastic work.

    16. Alberto Nogueira Jr 56 months ago | reply

      a fantastic capture...

    17. Mr. Greenjeans 55 months ago | reply

      I love spiders, and what a great capture of the spider, the web, the light, and all that wonderful bokeh!

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    18. LeapFrog (Art) 50 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called !★★★ Wow ★★★ Post 1 , Award 1 !!!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      I learned something from your photo!!

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    19. mizcaliflower 50 months ago | reply

      Spectacular shot! Love this composition! It's very good art!

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