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Giant Wood Spider

Giant Wood Spider
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Copyright: krishnagopal Kodoth (dugulk) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 5 N: 47] (325)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-21
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon Powershot A620
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-25 1:55
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Points: 2
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Giant Wood Spider : this shot was taken at kabiniriver forest in south india... i had spotted as we were going for our early morning safari....hence the misty feel in the background....hope you all like it?

ScientificName: Nephila maculata

The golden orb weavers are one of the largest spiders. Their webs can be found hanging off sign posts, in or between trees and can even be spotted driving 100 km/h in a vehicle. The females can measure up to 45 mm while the smaller males measure only 6 mm. The male is often found in the web of his girl friend. Beside the male and the female boarders resides in the web. They are called quicksilver, dewdrop or droplet spider because their silvery body shines like drops of water in the sun.

The web is extremely strong.
The giant wood spider (Nephila maculata) can be found from Japan all the way down to Australia and West to India. 
In parts of Papua New Guinea tribespeople consider it a tasty snack.   In Japan they're called "O-jyorou gumo", "gumo" meaning spider, "O" meaning big and "jyorou" meaning "femme fatale". 
The large yellow spots under the legs are a distinguishing characteristic of this species.
They might be big, but with their webs stretched to a diameter of one meter between the trees it would have been easy to accidentally walk straight into one as they sat in the middle of their web.   It might be a furry little critter, but very few people would want to get that cuddly with it!

It belongs to the golden orb weaver family, which is why its silk is yellow, and this silk is the strongest of any spider.  The web is about a meter across, and sometimes small birds or bats get caught in it.

The Japanese consider spiders to be lucky if seen during the daytime, unlucky if seen at night, but some of these spiders were just plain unlucky.

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Hi Kichu, you've got a good one here. I'm not a spider fan at all, but I must admire your shot here of the monster. Showing him on his misty web is just excellent, especially showing the blurred tree in the BG. Very sharp, and even the glary sky emphasises this fellow. Well done

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