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Monday 24 November 2008

An Orb Weaver

Bull's horn spider, Gasteracantha arcuata has the largest abdominal thorns among the kite spiders. The long horns curving upward from the "shoulder" of the abdomen can be several times as long as the body.

It is a type of orb weaver that weaves a perfect structure of orb webs, by which the common name is given to this species. Its web is large in relation to its body, often adorned near the centre with a few tufts of fluffy white silk.

We found this colourful little creature at Jambusan during our second photography outing there, so we started to make it pose for us while we kept on firing our shutter and flashlights.

Probably it was too annoyed by our illumination that it started to hang itself upside down. However, we still kept on firing our flashlights.

It finally gave up on escaping from our flashlights and started to pose for our cameras. It was such a natural poser!


jams o donnell said...

Wow that's an amazing creature. Great shots!

stan said...

that is one mighty looking critter!

Anonymous said...

For a split second I thought I was looking at a watermelon, I blame it on my tired mind.
Great macro shots!

Anonymous said...

WOW! Those are amazing macro shots! And very cool critter!

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