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Copyright: jacque merritt (olddj) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 10] (84)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, sigma 70-300 apo macro
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-22 13:25
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Golder silk orb weaver - she is living on our property and tends to keep the larger insect population down, so we do not complain. Also known as the banana spider, fairly common here in Florida - Nephila clavipes is their latin name. This one is close to five inches in diameter so she is very impressive to look at, though she will bite, would be a rare thing and not really dangerous at all - slight discomfort for a bit is all. I think the colors are very pretty!
BTW- just saw this one catch a fair sized insect and she uses her front legs to grasp the web, extends her body out into space and uses her underbelly as a kind of a table to hold, control and spin a web around the insect, fascinating to watch, and naturally no camera at that point!! LOL
Hope you like her!

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