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Hanging Around - Golden Silk Spider

Hanging Around - Golden Silk Spider
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Copyright: Elena Evans Chumsky (Scrapperella) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 1 N: 50] (361)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-02
Categories: Spiders
Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-09-24 7:11
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Points: 12
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This Spider was only around for a few days so I could capture some pictures. After a large rainstorm took out its web it has found a new place.

This large spider is called a Golden Silk Spider. Not to be confused with the Golden Silk Orb-Spider which actually spins golden color webs.

This is from http://www.floridiannature.com/Spiders.htm:

Golden Silk Spider- In Florida and other southeastern states, the golden silk spider, or as we call them the banana spider, is a large orange and brown spider with the feathery tufts on its legs is well know to most native southerners. It is particularly despised by hikers and hunters, as during late summer and fall the large golden webs of this species make a sticky rap for the unwary. The female is distinctively colored, and is among the largest orb-weaving spiders in the country. The female is 25 mm to 40 mm long and has conspicuous hair tufts on her long legs. Males are about 4 mm to 6 mm long, dark-brown, and are often found in the webs of females. These spiders feed primarily on flying insects, which they catch in webs that may be greater than a meter in diameter.

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Hallo Elena
This spider is beautiful and has amazing colours and patterns. I like the image as a whole, including composition and point of view. The web is very clear and easy to recognise too. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

hallo Elena
great sharpness composition of this beauty spider with beautiful colours

This is a other specie of the Argiope

this is the Black-and-Yellow Argiope

Argiope aurantia

thanks greeting lou

Hello Elena,
Amazing picture of a beautiful spider!
Good sharpness, nice details.
Do you know where the spider is living now...?

Wow what an incredible display of this HUGE spider. Ironically your brother found one above our heads while getting ready to go shopping last night!! Immediately i said "Oh its an Elena spider; banana spider!" Now why did i think that thats what it was last description~ All i know is if it had made its web a bit lower I would have been demonstrating quite an arm work out :)

I love your display here; see he is uninterested with the flea captures in his web! The details of the web, sparkling bokeh and fuzzy fine digits makes this a spectacular display

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-09-24 18:17]

Hello Elena,
Great close-up image filled with excellent detail and beautiful colors. These types of spiders always have such unique markings on their backs which usually resemble a mask with tiny eyes. Super job!!

Hi Elena,
a beautiful spider and a nice pic. Something is disturbs the pic - perhaps the angle of view or the green background - i cant get it.
have a nice day

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