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Orb Weaver
East Greenbush, N.Y.
August 2008
The orb-weaver spiders (family Araneidae) are the builders of spiral wheel-shaped webs often found in gardens, fields and forests. Their common name is taken from the round shape of this typical web. Orb-weavers have eight similar eyes, legs hairy or spiny and no stridulating organs. The family is cosmopolitan, including many well-known large or brightly colored garden spiders. There are more than 2,800 species in over 160 genera worldwide, making this the third largest family of spiders known (behind Salticidae and Linyphiidae).

The oldest knowns true orb-weaver is Mesozygiella dunlopi, from the Lower Cretaceous. Several fossils provide direct evidence that the three major orb weaving families, namely Araneidae, Tetragnathidae and Uloboridae, had evolved by this time, about 140 million years ago. They probably originated during the Jurassic (200-140 million years ago). All three families very likely have a common origin. (wiki)

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    SNAPPYDAVEover 6 years ago

    fantastic macro ….. my first reaction was holly shit what is that f—king thing …. i just wanted to share that ….lol

  • That’s funny!! .. While I was taking these pics I was not paying attention to the spider because I checking something on my camera and it walked on to my hand .. I screamed and jumped the spider flew .. It was horrible! I regained my composure and put the spider back where she belonged – she is fine .. I’m not so sure about myself!! LOL

    – main1

  • Squealia
    Squealiaover 6 years ago

    great macro

  • Thank you so much!! : )

    – main1

  • Maximus
    Maximusover 6 years ago

    Awww gorgeous. :)

  • Thank you Maximus : )

    – main1

    SNAPPYDAVEover 6 years ago

    cool … i would have done that just after i s—t myself LOL

  • FelicityB
    FelicityBover 6 years ago

    Whichever picture of yours I look at, I’m never disappointed. This one is so detailed.

  • Wow .. Thank you Felicity!! What a lovely comment .. I am so glad you like them : ) : )

    – main1

  • Pete Costick
    Pete Costickover 6 years ago

    Wow, another fantastic close up photo from you Mareia. I read your comment about how this spider crawled onto your hand and made you jump. I am the same, whilst I love to photogrph spiders, I don’t particularly like the thought of them crawling on me.

  • Thank you!! I have a “No touch” policy – I try not to touch anything I photograph so the photo remains as natural as possible and I don’t harm anything .. I only wish she had a no touch policy also!! : ) : )

    – main1

  • Christopher Birtwistle-Smith
    Christopher Bi...over 6 years ago

    eeek! favorite eeek!!!!……..c xx

  • Thank you so much .. I bet Mr. Wincy would love her : )

    – main1

  • KBeyer
    KBeyerover 6 years ago

    Wow, Mar. This one is super good. I love it, but it scares me!! Don’t show Jamie Lee!

  • Hey you .. I’ll try not to : ) Thank you!!

    – main1

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosover 6 years ago

    You are truely a master ! Just look at all those eyes !

  • Wow .. Thank you so much Sandra!! : )

    – main1

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 6 years ago

    How can any thing that is supposed to be ugly be this beautiful. I guess it is in the eye of the beholder and your images changes how the beholder looks at this monster.

  • Wow .. That is the nicest compliment any one could receive!! I truly appreciate it!!! : )

    – main1

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