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I took this shot of this large golden orb-weaver or black and yellow garden spider – argiope aurantia at the Fern Ridge Wildlife Area Eugene, Oregon. You can tell by the size of the fly in the web just how large this spider is.

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  • Kenneth Haley
    Kenneth Haleyalmost 6 years ago

    Great perspective, Chuck! Thanks for pointing out the fly or I would have missed the size of the spider.

  • Thanks Ken, I have another shot were she caught a grasshopper but it’s from the backside and not as colorful. I may upload it also because it shows her rapping it with her web around it.

    – Chuck Gardner

  • jesika
    jesikaalmost 6 years ago

    What a superb spider, great shot
    j

  • She was one of the largest spiders I have ever seen. I think she gets a lot of food because the Fish and Wildlife Dept. doesn’t use any pesticides.Thanks again for looking at my pictures, jesika

    – Chuck Gardner

  • librapat
    librapatalmost 6 years ago

    I had a shot at one of these, but much smaller, yesterday. It did not turn out and today it was gone. I’ll have to search out another one. Yours is quite
    a specimen.

  • If you put your camera in continuous AF setting and take 3 to 5 fast rapid shots. One of them may turn out okay. I did that with a small Syrphid Fly – Platycheirus today in dim light and got some good shots. Good luck. Glad you like my spider. I did take a lot of shots of her to get the one I like.

    – Chuck Gardner

  • librapat
    librapatalmost 6 years ago

    Thanks for the help. I will try that. Much easier that cruising the backyard looking for another one!

  • Pete Costick
    Pete Costickalmost 6 years ago

    Great close up, what an impressive specimen.

  • Normf
    Normfalmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic shot so clear and detailed!

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterover 5 years ago

    I’ve had one of these guys in my yard, maybe they’re related. Great shot!

  • She was the biggest orb weaver I have ever seen.

    – Chuck Gardner

  • melant1017
    melant1017over 5 years ago

    Very interesting looking spider you have captured, I like it :) WELL DONE!!!

    -Antonio

  • Yes it is she could eat a dragonfly in a second. lol 8o)) thanks for the compliment.

    – Chuck Gardner

  • Jaredemic
    Jaredemicover 5 years ago

    Beauty! I love these spiders!

  • CarrieAnn
    CarrieAnnover 5 years ago

    Great shot , love the colors. I was planning a trip out to Fern Ridge, but knowing these beauties are out there I’m not sure now. LOL . YIKES

  • Thank you for your comment, CarrieAnn; You really should go out there, the wildlife area is open on Saturdays and these little spiders are asleep now until spring….Laugh {8o})

    – Chuck Gardner

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