|Copyright: MARIEL BUFFET (MARIEL) (16)|
|Date Taken: 2012-04-22|
|Camera: Canon PowerShot G12|
|Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2012-04-22 15:20|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The genus Argiope includes rather large and spectacular spiders that have often a strikingly coloured abdomen. These are well distributed throughout the world, and most countries in temperate or warmer climates have one or more species, which look similar.|
The average orb web is practically invisible, and it is easy to blunder into one and end up covered with a sticky web. The very easily visible pattern of banded silk made by Argiope is pure white, and some species make an "X" form, or a zigzag type of web (often with a hollow centre). It is sometimes called sewing machine spider (because of the zigzag stitch in her web)
Like almost all other spiders, Argiope are harmless to humans. Like most garden spiders they eat insects, and they are capable of consuming prey up to twice their size.
I had seen this spider in the garden of my workplace so I returned to take a picture of it later. I was taking my picture of this spider when suddenly a beetle got caught in the web. It really scared me when the spider jumped to its victim. Unbelievably fast it started to wrap the beetle with its web. You can actually see the web coming out of its body!
Happy Earth day today!!
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