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Golden Orb Web Spider

Golden Orb Web Spider
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Norfolk Island Holiday
Date Submitted: 2008-09-27 12:52
Viewed: 6650
Points: 24
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The Golden Orb Web Spider of Norfolk Island.

Norfolk Island (Norfuk: Norfuk Ailen) is a small inhabited island in the South Pacific Ocean located between Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia at 29°02′S, 167°57′E.

It covers 34.6 km² (13.3 mi²), with 32 km of coastline. The climate is subtropical and mild, with little seasonal differentiation, and always warmer than New Zealand.

This is a Golden Web Spider.

We saw many spiders on the island, and the Golden Orb Web Spider was the largest spider species that I saw. They are common in bushes and gardens. They build very large and strong yellow silk orb webs which are vertical or slightly inclined. Under the sun their webs are golden in colour.

The Golden Orb Web Spider is a diurnal spider which means they are active during the day. The spider is brown to dark brown in colour. Their first, second and fourth pairs of legs have a brush of bristles on the tibia. The third pair of legs is the shortest with no brush. The abdomen is long oval shaped and is yellow with grey or brown patterns.

The spider feeds on insects caught in the web, and makes golden webs, and it was the colour of these webs that caught our attention first. Some were quite a yellow colour.

But it really was the spider that kept my attention – it was so large, yet seemed quite tame – never moving from the web, no matter how close the camera got!!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-27 12:55]

Hello Janice,
This is a crystal clear picture. Sharp details and nicely composed. The spiderweb is just beautiful. Well done & TFS!

Hola Janice.

Una araña negra que da un poco de respeto con ese aspecto y que bien se aprecia en todos los detalles.

Jose Luis.

I hate spiders! but I love the psychedelic backdrop!. It is mix of 60's and goth!

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2008-09-27 17:43]
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Hi Janice,

Very nice detail of the web and spider. Usually, the photos I've seen in TN show the other side of the spider. But, it's quite interesting to see the underside of it as well. I tried to get a photo of a garden spider for the first time last week. What seemed like it should be a simple task turned out to be very complicated. I haven't posted any shots because I didn't get any that I'm happy with. Maybe, sometime. In any case, your photo is terrific! TFS.


Hello Janice. Excellent shot at this spider. The web against the colorful background is so well lit exposing the details of the underside. Best regards. Jusni

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-28 0:35]

Nice macro from your trip to Norfolk Island, Janice!
You show the ventral side of this Orb Spider with fine sharpness in the centre of its web and the image is well-composed against a pleasing OOF natural BG.
Interesting to note that the island is rich in spiders: this must mean that the insect life is also rich!
Regards, Ivan

Hi Janice,

Excellent shot of this Golden Orb Web Spider, but I have to agree with Bob, there not a favourite subject of mine, but having said that, wonderful detail and well framed, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2008-09-28 4:56]

that is one creepy looking crawly! Excellent composition and details which are nicely set off by the colourful background.



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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-28 5:36]

Hello Janice,
This Spider certainly looks big with those long legs! Excellent capture of it guarding its golden web! Fine sharp details and I like the beautiful background too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hello Janice,

What a long legs has this Spider and yes certainly looks he/she big. I think he was not tame, but you were his next prey (-: By the beautiful colored background you see a good web.

Cheers and TFS BOB

Hi Janice, superb colorful spider with splendid details and excellent sharpness, great capture of web, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Janice

A lovely and creepy image of this orbweaver.
The POV is very good.
Lovely detail in both the web and spider.
Very good natural colours.


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