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Golden Web Spider

Golden 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
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Norfolk Island Holiday
Date Submitted: 2007-09-16 21:47
Viewed: 5863
Points: 24
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The Golden Orb Web Spider of Norfolk Island.

I have just spent a great week’s holiday on Norfolk Island (Norfuk: Norfuk Ailen), a small inhabited island in the South Pacific Ocean located between Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia.

It is located at 29°02′S, 167°57′E. It has an area of 34.6 km² (13.3 mi²), with no large-scale internal bodies of water but 32 km of coastline. The climate is subtropical and mild, with little seasonal differentiation, and always warmer than New Zealand.

The island is the eroded remnant of a basaltic volcano active around 2.3 to 3 million years ago,
with inland areas now consisting mainly of rolling plains.

This is a Golden Web Spider chewing on a fly.

We saw many spiders, and the Golden Orb Web Spider was the largest spider species that I saw in Norfolk Island. 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.

The spider makes golden webs, and it was the colour of these webs that caught our attention first. They were quite a yellow colour.

Do you know how spiders learn to build webs?

Check this site out.

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very nice nacro photo

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-09-16 23:06]

Hello Janice,
interesting picture and note. Is it known why the web is yellow and what causes the yellow colour. A fine picture.
Regards, JAcob

This is really a super in focus shot. Though spiders give me jitters. I like seeing them through a lens. Your result turned out with sharp details and a good DOF

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-09-17 3:21]

hello Janice,
I like your spider picture with this beautiful background. Brrr these long legs...Fine picture and great note
Best regards

hello janice
a good shot of this spider, the clearness is beautiful, the framing well found, well done

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-17 11:59]

Th spinnerets are clearly visible here, which I find fascinating!
Great details, colours and composition

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-09-17 13:50]
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Hello Janice!

I'm shocked! A spider from you? Lovely POV, DOF with perfect sharpness on spider's body and composition. It looks great on green BG, but don't send me one please :-)

Hi Janice,
Nice work here to get a full body profile shot and alot of the web. The OOF backround shows the web very well. Colors and detail look excellent.

bonjour janice
bravo pour cette jolie phot, de tres bons détails, belles couleurs nettes.
bien vu, malgré que je n' aime pas beaucoup ces petites bêtes
bravo et merci a toi

Great shot, beautiful light, good sharpness. Nice composition.
Best wishes,

Hello Janice,
A spider, whoopee! :)
Nice details, color, exposure, POV, BG, and composition, with the web clearly seen and leading the eye in.
More spiders OK ;}
Great work!

Hello Janice,
I am sorry for delay with writting comment - to much work to do :)
Lovely presentation! I like the POV - it cleary shows not only the spider (by the way, it is a pitty that there is no Latin name here), and details of its web.
Nice colours and DOF, I like also BG.
TFS and my best greetings from Lodz!

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