Sitting, Watching, Waiting - Garden Orb Weaver

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North Balgowlah, Australia

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A garden orb weaver sitting inside a bougainvillea flower, waiting for night.

This particular spider was one of the most placid creatures I have ever come across.

The garden orb weaver builds very large and elaborate webs to catch insects. The spider only enters the web at night, and sits facing dowards in the very middle. You an always tell if a garden orb weaver has taken residence – there will be a very large web with a small hole in the middle. The spider will live concealed at one end of the web during the day.

Like most web building spiders, the garden orb weaver has notoriously poor eyesight, relying instead on vibrations transmitted through the silk to detect prey. Once the prey is ensnared, the spider will rush down and wrap it in silk, inject poison, and hang it somewhere to eat later…

Although toxic, these spiders will almost never bite as they are completely non-agressive and probably can’t see you anyway. However, due to their nocturnal habits and massive webs, people have been known to suffer heart attacks after the severe fright of walking into a web at night and having the spider crawl over their face…

Focus stacked from 3 shots. Canon MP-E 65mm @1x, 1/200, f8, ISO100

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