Impressive Looking Orb Weaver.

William Brennan

Rockaway, United States

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Orb weavers vary in colors, sizes, and shapes. The webs of orb weavers consist of radial strands, like spokes of a wheel, and concentric circles. Most orb weavers build their webs vertically, attaching them to branches, stems, or manmade structures. Araneidae webs may be quite large, spanning several feet in width. All members of the family Araneidae possess eight similar eyes, arranged in two rows of four eyes each. Despite this, they have rather poor eyesight and rely on vibrations within the web to alert them to meals. Orb weavers have four to six spinnerets, from which they produce strands of silk. Many orb weavers are brightly colored, and have hairy or spiny legs. I spied this one crawling on the ground. I got down on my stomach and she turned to face me. Quite a cooperative spider. I used a Nikon D3100 with an 85mm macro lens. This was taken in my front yard in Rockaway, NJ.

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