'Just Wrapping lunch'

GailD

Cootamundra, Australia

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An Golden Orb Weaver spider wrapping lunch to eat later. Orb weavers have poor vision but are extremely sensitive to vibrations in the web. Having lost their poison glands, uloborid spiders wrap their living prey in a silk cocoon that smothers and sometimes crushes the prey to death. These spiders wrap their living prey in many layers of silk – sometimes using up to 140 meters (450 feet) of it, and use the silk coffin to kill the prey by suffocation or crushing. Each strand of silk exerts a tiny amount of pressure on the prey, but the combined force exerted by the entire cocoon is quite large and legs may be bent out of shape or ripped off off, eyes crushed, and wings torn as the spider wraps the prey.
If you look at the large picture you will see the silk coming from the mouth of the spider to the prey.

Nikon D700
105mm f2.8 macro lens
F22
Shutter 1/250
Twin flash used
A little cropping, sharpening & curves.

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