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Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Norfolk Island Holiday
Date Submitted: 2007-09-20 2:27
Viewed: 5599
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Golden Web of the
Golden Orb Web Spider
Family Araneidae, genus Nephila

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away!

Camera was hand-held and I didn't have my macro lens with me. . . or my tripod

It looks like I was focussing on the web here!! But it gives you a good idea of the yellow / golden colour of the web.

The golden orb weavers are one of the largest spiders found in Australia. 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.

If you look closely at the web you can notice that the snares have a golden color. The web is extremely strong. So strong that even small birds stick in the net.

Yellow threads of their web shine like gold in sunlight. Experimental evidence suggests that the silk's color may serve a dual purpose: sunlit webs ensnare bees that are attracted to the bright yellow strands, whereas in shady spots the yellow blends in with background foliage to act as a camouflage.

The webs of most Nephila spiders are complex, with a fine-meshed orb suspended in a maze of non-sticky barrier webs. As with many weavers of sticky spirals, the orb is renewed regularly if not daily, apparently because the stickiness of the orb declines with age.

Aaltjie, nainnain, JORAPAVI, mariki, uleko, marhowie, Silke, PDP has marked this note useful
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To Aaltjie: Kia ora and thanksJanice 6 11-11 23:53
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janice, tu nous montres là une superbe photo
de tres bons détails et une tres bonne prise, belles couleurs, bravo et merci a toi

Dear Janice
When I saw this photo my mind wandered back to a film I saw a while ago, called Charlotte’s Web. I never had a love for these hairy insects, but after I watched this film with my granddaughter Maryke, I changed my opinion slightly. It was a real sob story, but I must admit enjoyed it. As I said to one of the other members who posted a photo of a spider that I think the most of us, dare not come close to a spider of this nature, and therefore miss out on seeing more of this beautiful eight legged creature. I enjoyed reading the information given about this Golden Orb spider and found it really interesting. Your poem about Miss Muffet also brought back some memorable childhood memories. Thanks for sharing, it is much appreciated.
Warmest regards and Kia Ora to you too.(Like you greet my friend Loot)

Hola Janice,
Excelente imagen, donde se muestra con toda claridad y detalles la red y su araña a la espera, saludos
José Ramón

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-20 3:28]
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Mrs Janice Dunn,
Has a camera for fun,
Taking pictures of things all day.
She saw a big Spider,
Got close down to it beside her,
And took a good shot for a TN display!

Nice sharp and well composed showing the underside of this large looking spider yellow coloured web very well.
TFS and best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-20 4:01]

Hello Janice,
This looks like a very untidy spider! ;-) I bet the flies get confused when they end up in that web! Great shot, very sharp and fine colours. Attractive background too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Janice,
I really like this "webwork" and mottled OOF BG effect mf.
Well composed, nice detail, color, and light.
Great post!

Hello Janice,

Very warm colours for this spider! Fortunately, I have not seen such a big spider elsewhere than behind glass.


Great shot, Janice!

Hello Janice, seems like a long time :)
This is a very nice creature that you present us! I like the texture on its web a lot and details are beautiful! The colors of the background are very nice too. This is an original post with interesting notes; I have learned new things again. You really have special fauna down there :) She is a beauty!

salut janice
une super belle toile d'araigné, un cadrage bien fait, les couleurs sont bien saturées bien fait

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-21 2:24]

I have no idea how I managed to miss this earlier, Janice!
That web looks very sticky indeed!
Great PoV, colours and details

Hi Janice,
Very pin sharp detail with this cool arachnid shot. I would like to see a dorsal view of this species. Well done. :)

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-10-28 15:21]

Hello Janice, nice shot. Is she a heavy smoker? Those nicotine stains are quite offputting! :-) Good idea to shot from this direction to show the web! Well done.

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