macro Nature Photos

golden orb weaver

..still using a regular flash gun here, tilted in some contorted way just to illuminate the subject.. framing’s not topnotch because i was manual focusing while tiptoeing.. was a bit edgy too because this looked like a nasty spider and i wasn’t aware if it gave a nasty bite or not.. turns out they do.. 😀

The golden silk orb-weavers (genus Nephila) are a genus of spiders noted for the impressive webs they weave. Nephila consists of numerous individual species found around the world. They are also commonly called golden orb-weavers, giant wood spiders or banana spiders. In North America, the golden silk orb-weavers (see also Nephila clavipes) are sometimes referred to as writing spiders due to occasional zigzag patterns (stabilimenta) built into their webs, though these occur much more frequently in the webs of Argiope, such as the St Andrew’s Cross spider. (more)