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come into my parlour

come into my parlour
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Copyright: Philip Rose (willow) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 32] (147)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-09-06 13:22
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Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the second largest spider I have ever seen outside captivity, the first was on the other side of the tree! That I spent a lot of time photographing.
But then I noticed this one had caught a Red base jezebel butterfly, and was in the process of wrapping it. So I concentrated my efforts here.

I think it is a called a Batik Golden web spider

Classification: Family Araneidae, Orb-Web Spiders.
Habitat: Gardens and waste-lands, edges of mangrove swamps. Less common in primary forests.
Female: 30 mm.
Male: 9 mm.
Distribution: Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines.

The golden colour of the web was what first attracted me, then the immenseness of the webs size. Which was approximately 1.5m round, the suspending threads bridging it between 2 trees made it at least 3m in diameter. It was extremely sticky and strong, I had accidentally touched the other one, when I pulled away it came with me for about 100mm before springing back. the strength can further be seen by the spiders gravitational pull on the web.
Under the spiders back legs another spider can be seen, I do not know if this is a male or another species on the lookout for a free meal, the ball is another captured insect in the spiders larder.

Taking this photo was problematic for me.

Facing the web I was only able to see the underside of the spider, and I could not get as close as I wanted for a macro lens, the web was about 3m high, and above a bush that prevented me getting nearer.
I used a 70-300 Lens extended to get close up, but I had to crouch down for the minimum focusing length. To get the profile angle I had to shoot into the tree, so I have a couple of light spots from breaks in the leaves (Any workshops to remove these would be welcomed).

I have cropped and rotated the image anti-clockwise.

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Hi Philip,
that's an impressing shot and a interesting note. This spider looks realy dangerous, I don't know if I had made a photo or run away.
But it was a good choise to make the shot, it's very good. Most I like the net.
Thanks for sharing it with us
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • enigma (20)
  • [2005-09-06 18:56]

Hi Philip, The web does appear to be golden.I like you spider shot alot. It's a very different looking spider from what I have seen here in USA Alabama. You got a good angle for good compo.

  • Great 
  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-09-07 1:25]

HI Philip,
Nice shot. Great action.
I like the details of the dinner and the web.

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