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Orb Weaver Spider

Orb Weaver Spider
Photo Information
Copyright: Bill Houghton (poppygan59) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 344] (2516)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-18
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon EOS 5D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/15 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-20 18:26
Viewed: 3768
Points: 18
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Common Name and Latin Name
The Common Name and Latin Name are as follows:
Common Name (s): Orb weaver spider
Latin Name: Araneus spp

Orb Weaver Spiders identification - what do they look like?
These spiders come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. The most common have rounded abdomens and are orange to brown, brown or black in colour, their legs are generally very long making them look very menacing

What do Orb Weaver Spiders eat? What are its prey?
These spiders will eat:


Small insects court in their webs

Are Orb Weaver Spiders poisonous?
All types (except Uloboridae) are poisonous! Their venom is potent but not dangerous to humans. Their venom is a neurotoxin similar to the Black Widow spider but not as potent

How big do Orb Weaver Spiders get?
The size of Orb Weaver Spiders ranges from males growing to 6mm and females between 10mm to 20mm

Where do Orb Weaver Spiders live, what are its habitats?
This spider can be found in grass, corners of homes and under protected porches

What is the average life span for an Orb Weaver Spider?
This type of spider lives on average for 12 months

Do Orb Weaver Spiders have good eyesight?
Generally speaking these spiders have poor eyesight and rely on vibrations from prey caught in its web

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-09-20 20:07]

Hello Neighbor,
A great shot of this colorful spider. I love the intricate and colorful markings on it abdomen. Not sure if you planned it, but the way the spider is placed in the center of the bloom in the BG is really neat. Super sharp and nicely framed. well done!!

Interesting composition Bill! Impressive photo!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-09-20 22:04]

Excellent photo-composition of this Spider and Rose, TFS!

Hi Bill,
Very well composed shot, with very good details , fantastic macro composition, with good pov and an exellent dof, very good job,

the background color to the spider gives excellent visual treat to the photograph. good work tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-21 5:03]

Hello Bill,
Very nice photo of this spider in a lovely contrast against the flower in the BG. Great composition. Good sharpness and details and beautiful colours.

Hello Bill,
Interesting capture of this in focus spider and the BG created by the colourful flower. Fine details, excellent POV and great contrast between the insect and flower. Well done!

Hello Bill,
fine picture of this spider with good sharpness and beautiful colours. I like the way you have centered the spider in the pink flower in the background.
Best wishes,

Hi Bill,
Excellent composition with superb detail/sharpness, beautiful DOF with the flower in the BG.
Sorry for loosing contact but due to my work my time is very limited on TN.

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