Only a spider..a Golden orb-web spider! by Elizabeth Kendall

Only a spider..a Golden orb-web spider! by 

South Africa has a rich fauna of spiders with about 3000 known species from 67 families. Spiders are widely feared and much maligned, but they play a very important role in nature and their importance cannot be overstated. They comprise one of the largest groups of land animals. They are common and abundant in every garden and on every farm and important predators in all terrestrial ecosystems. Spiders are also excellent subjects for teaching the young to appreciate nature.
Info: Agricultural Research

There are more than 34,000 different species of spiders worldwide. However, there are only a few dozen spiders that cause fairly pronounced envenomations in human beings. All spiders are poisonous. (I’m not sure about this?) However, all cannot pierce the skin, and all do not have significant amounts of venom that cause skin lesions or systemic illness in humans. Spiders have long been a major cause of fears and phobias. The media has not done the spider population any favors, and have always portrayed them as evil creatures, dating back to the early days of film. It is somewhat surprising that something so small can cause such great fear. However, when one looks at an arthropod with eight eyes and eight legs that can also run very fast, one can easily understand how fears and phobias can develop. (Info: Survive outdoors)
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Photo: Kruger National Park, South Africa.

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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 4 years ago

    Excellent capture and info! Hulle is omtrent oral nou, hier loop ek mooi as ek uit is, te veel van hulle oral!

  • Dankie Magriet, ek sou so graag wou weet wat die ene se naam is, weet jy dalk?

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonabout 4 years ago

    Oh, she’s beautiful Liz! And you’ve captured the colours perfectly, great, great shot!

  • Thanks Maree, I wish I knew the name of this lovely lady!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 4 years ago

    Ja, dit is “FAMILY TETRAGNATHIDAE” Banded-legged Nephila, Subfamily Nephilinae. Golden orb-web spiders, Nephila senegalensis. Hele geskiedenis van die hele familie, almal noem hulle maar die Golden orb-web spiders. Ek het ook hele paar fotos geneem maar nog nie kans gekry om dit op te sit nie, as ek dit op sit sal ek al die inligting opsit dan kan jy dit net van myne af “copy” en by joune insit, geen probleem daarmee nie hoor!

  • Baie dankie, slim vrou!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 4 years ago

    Nee nie slim nie hoor, net my eerste liefde in die lewe… die natuur en alles wat daarmee saamgaan x

  • Lekkerte! ;-) Nogmaals dankie.

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 4 years ago

    great capture and thanks for sharing the information.!@Liz

  • Thanks Liz, much appreciated! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosabout 4 years ago

    Stunning macro work – this really is fabulous and the information is just great.

  • Thank you ever so much Mr BigCat! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnabout 4 years ago

    very cool looking spider! interesting info. we have one of the ones here that’s not too good for humans, brown recluse, and i’ve been bitten three times by them. had to miss work for several days the third time.

  • That is no good news. Hope it doesn’t happen again! Thanks for your lovely comment, always good to hear from you!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneabout 4 years ago

    “Excellent! Thank you for submitting your work to the Art & Collectables Sales Group. ":

  • Thanks so much Joyce!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 4 years ago

  • Pleasure!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosover 3 years ago

  • Thanks so much for the feature Sandra! (a year ago!) Smile!!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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