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William Brennan

Rockaway, United States

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This is the cover shot of my Creepy Crawlies calendar!

Generally, orb-weaving spiders are three-clawed builders of flat webs with sticky spiral capture silk. The building of a web is an engineering feat, begun when the spider floats a line on the wind to another surface. The spider secures the line and then drops another line from the center, making a “Y”. The rest of the scaffolding follows with many radii of non-sticky silk being constructed before a final spiral of sticky capture silk. The third claw is used to walk on the non-sticky part of the web. Characteristically, the prey insect that blunders into the sticky lines is stunned by a quick bite and then wrapped in silk. If the prey is a venomous insect, such as a wasp, wrapping may precede biting. This red beauty built a massive and beautiful web near my porch in Rockaway, NJ USA. I used a Nikon D3100 with the Nikon 85mm macro lens.

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