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Hiding in the Rainforest

Hiding in the Rainforest
Photo Information
Copyright: AL Villa (ladycat) (73)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-23
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, 18 - 55
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-11 22:30
Viewed: 4651
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had been told by the expert in the Monteverde Insect Museum that this is a Golden Orb Weaver Spider. I showed him the photo and he excitedly told me that it's the strongest weaver spider. He also informed me that it's not venemous. "Oh good"

I found this spider while cautiously moving branches in front of me. I decided to take a shot of it but quickly in case it is venemous. I am not an expert of spiders and certainly did not wish to get bitten during my trip. They say the best stories come from some misfortunes. I am not sure getting bitten by spider is one of them.

Our guide, Ernesto, in Tortuguero decided we get off the canoe to look for some poison dart frogs.

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Ohh wow, I got one just like it when in the jungle at the Arenal Volcano... I got of them posted on TrekNature, here : http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Central_America/Costa_Rica/photo27257.htm

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-01-12 8:38]

Nice and interesting spider. Perfect composition, sharpness and colors.

It is an golden orb weaver possibly the Nephilia genus. And they are POISONOUS! The use the poison to subdue the prey before extracting the "juices" from it. Though not deadly they have quite large fangs and capable to inflict a very painfull bite.

You did very well to get all the details so sharp. In future try to get the F-stop smaller, F8 or smaller to give you a larger depth of field. It would lessen the "blurred" legs. Well done.

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