Sunday, 21 February 2016

Golden Orb Web Spider

I suspect this may not be my most popular post ever!

This is an Golden Orb Web Spider - and it is as large as it looks!  The body is about the size of a normal grape - and they were reasonably common on Lord Howe.  Thankfully, most of the paths on the island are walked often enough that you don't encounter these at face height when walking!  (Trust me, I was thankful for that!)


You can find more macro shots at Macro Monday and I love Macro

21 comments:

Rhodesia said...

Great shot but I am not a spider fan!! Diane

Breathtaking said...

A great big, but beautiful blue spider.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
It's a beauty! Had many of these, as well as several other species, in my own garden in Sydney and was grateful for them - they kept the mozzie population down! YAM xx

Lea said...

Beautiful photo!
I am fairly tolerant of spiders, but I hate walking into their webs.
Have a wonderful week!
Lea

Marcia said...

I'm not a fan of spiders. That one would get a huge detour if I saw it in situ. When they appear in my house I am brave enough to smash them. My husband will take them outside. The largest I ever remember seeing was in the Philippines in the early 50s when I would have been less than 7. In my memory it was larger than a man's hand. (My parents were missionaries there.)

David Gascoigne said...

I have a soft spot for spiders so I am enjoying this post.

eileeninmd said...

Cool looking spider and a great web! Have a happy new week!

Sylvia K said...

Great capture, Stewart, as always and a terrific spider web shot! Hope you have a wonderful new week! Enjoy!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

that web looks like it's been around the block :)

Missy George said...

Great shot Stewart..I'm with you..not a fan of spiders..Is this one poisonous?? Probably not??

Findlay Wilde said...

I don't mind spiders at all, but if Harley saw it.........

Brian King said...

I'm not a spider fan, but that's cool!

Lee said...

If I ever catch the spider that builds its web between my cabin and my car I'll strangle it with its own web. The web is like a sticky rope and as strong as a rope! I walked through it (again) the other day as I was about to go out and I almost ended up a food for the spider! The air was blue as I tried to disentangle myself and remove the web from my hair! :)

There's is an endless battle going on here between that spider and me!

Fun60 said...

Don't mind spiders at all in the UK but doubt I would feel the same way if I was living down under.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great! I have tried so many times to get a good spider web picture. This is great and the spider is of course a wonderful one.

TexWisGirl said...

wonderful!

Linda W. said...

Eeek! Glad you saw it and not me!

Marie C said...

Beautiful photo!

edenhills said...

Beautiful capture! I always enjoy those big spiders (since we don't have poisonous ones here) except when I walk into their webs face first.

TheChieftess said...

Nothing worse than a face full of spider web!!! Especially if you can't find the spider!!! That's one big spider!!!

Marilyn Kircus said...

I love spiders and their webs. Thanks for posting.