Life in the Mangoes. by bobfoto

Life in the Mangoes.

when you find little bugs just hanging out under the leafs of Mangoes, then surely there's someone a little higher up the food chain somewhere. Tonight, as the sun beat me to sleep, in the last few moments when the mosquitoes go in search for blood, I found this Golden Orb Weaver. So, I stood on a chair, and climbed up into her web. I had web and blossom in my hair and I slowly got closer and closer taking photos with the flash and not trying to scare this lady too much.
So how big is the critter?!! It looks HUGE!!
Does the web have a bit of a yellowish tinge to it?
August 3rd, 2011  
scary nice one
August 3rd, 2011  
wow that's an amazing shot!! You must have gotten really close, and well worth it, fave!!
August 3rd, 2011  
OK creepy up the tree person...you've done it again...fav
August 3rd, 2011  
wow.... i can actually imagine you with the web and blossom in your hair.. very 1960's ;) there seem to be so much going on in the Mangoes! and Golden Orb Weaver - brilliant name for the spider! great shot Jason!
August 3rd, 2011  
@canberrabec - the yellow tinge is why this lady is known as the Golden Orb Weaver. And they tend to be a wet season spider... by the end of the wet, her leg span will cover my palm, her abdomen will get to the size of the ball of your thumb.

@steeler - Thank you Mr Steele.

@trude - close enough that I think if she moved then either I would have fallen out of the tree, or she would have ran across my face.

@swilde - thank you Sue, and thanks for the fave. The Trees await for tomorrow!

@kammy - thank you Kammy, she is a wonderful spider and a joy to watch. I was concerned that maybe there were others that I couldn't see!
August 3rd, 2011  
I am kinda glad this spider lives ther and not in MN. :) Excellent (maybe too!) DOF
August 3rd, 2011  
@httpgeffed - Thanks Colleen!
August 3rd, 2011  
Wow, great job getting so much in focus! Like this a lot :)
August 3rd, 2011  
@roobubba - Thanks Isaac, f22 and the flash helped!
August 3rd, 2011  
She's a lot calmer than the local Argiope orb weavers here. Great capture!
August 3rd, 2011  
What a terrific shot, I am truly impressed that anyone can get that close to a great big hairy spider and still keep everything in focus.
August 3rd, 2011  
Nice colours, love how we can see the golden web. Don't you just hate it when they run across your face!
August 3rd, 2011  
Really cool!
August 3rd, 2011  
This made me squirm! I love it.
August 3rd, 2011  
W-O-W! That is a fantastic close-up, and even better magnified! I love how velvety she looks in the middle! Well worth the trip up the mango tree!
August 3rd, 2011  
All these creatures are amazing. Nice shot.
August 3rd, 2011  
What a fab shot of a gorgeous creature. I've never seen one before, but I'm off to google it now, because we used to encounter strong golden webs in the garden at school, and I wonder if this is the architect.
August 3rd, 2011  
wow, she is a little scary looking....and big! Great shot.
August 3rd, 2011  
wow you got the spider and her web.
August 3rd, 2011  
yikes!!
August 3rd, 2011  
Wowser! What a shot and she is huge!! I don't think I would have been able to get that close and the web in my hair would have sealed the deal!
August 3rd, 2011  
Awesome shot Jason. Great color on this spider.
August 3rd, 2011  
amazing Jason! how big is this spider?
this shot is a fav for me......it's just incredible
August 3rd, 2011  
Great capture, stunning spider!!
August 3rd, 2011  
Ok you get the medal for bravery from me. I am cringing here just picturing you in the web and maybe other spiders there and she could run across your face and she is huge!!!!!!! I am glad you do what you do, and I do what I do, which is seeing your fab shots on the screen.
August 3rd, 2011  
Awesome shot, well worth the effort!
August 4th, 2011  
CK
Geez man - what a scary looking spider-monster! No, not a big spider man.
August 4th, 2011  
creepier looking than most spiders. thanks for risking you life to get this shot for us.
August 4th, 2011  
Woah
August 4th, 2011  
@robv - they are quite a docile spider... I would love to handle one, but I prefer to minimise my disturbance. I hear that they can be handled with confidence... not yesterday.

@judithdeacon - auto-focus is a wondrous thing.

@bella_ss - I've had them on the brim of my hat... but not on the face yet. I had many a cobweb there though and that's bad enough!

@elke @terek55 @lmasinton - Thanks Elke, Terry and Lael, and I'm glad I got a squirm out of you Terry. It was bad enough getting this close!

@aj1268 - Thank you Paula, I'm glad I spotted her... it was looking a being a crappy fly shot before I looked upwards!

@karynromeis - Did you find out anything on Google Karyn?

@loriromp @exposure4u @paulaag - Thanks Lori, Wendy and Paula, this one is a small younger lady, her abdomen would be about the size of the end of your pinky finger and the legs would be like ear-buds. She can get quite large. Legspan the size of a man's palm.
August 4th, 2011  
EEEKKKKK!!! Great shot! I would not want to run into that web!
August 4th, 2011  
@brumbe @houdiniem @webfoot - Thank you thank you thank you.

@scatcat @sunnygreenwood - Thank you Muse and thank you Anne :)

@cookie123 - well I am glad you keep on looking at my pics... because it is that what keeps me climbing into webs!

@clarek - Thank you Clare... I think.

@molizard - Cheers Molizard!

@miley89 - and thanks Miley! :)
August 4th, 2011  
@mandyj92 - they have been known to catch small birds :(
August 4th, 2011  
Nice detail and colours!
August 4th, 2011  
@alia_801 - Thank you Alia :)
August 4th, 2011  
@bobfoto I ran into a big fat one in a web at night once, that was bad enough, she didn't run across my face though ;-)
August 4th, 2011  
@bella_ss - the webs are 'orrible.
August 4th, 2011  
Really like this one. If you'd pulled back to get the legs in then it wouldn't have had the same impact. Well done.
August 4th, 2011  
great shot!
August 4th, 2011  
@imprezoid - Cheers Steven, I did crop the legs ever so slightly, but the original shot is still right in there!

@harshbrown - Thanks Ms Brown!
August 4th, 2011  
@bobfoto Yes. They occur naturally in South Africa, too, and the description of the web is a perfect fit. Sadly, I don't remember seeing the spider herself at all, but I'm pretty sure it was her handiwork (leggiwork?)
August 4th, 2011  
Wow. Amazing photo of a wicked cool bug!
August 4th, 2011  
Holy moly that's a big one! Pretty web though.
August 5th, 2011  
@karynromeis - Karyn, it is interesting, there are many orb weavers who eat their web at Sunrise and hide out during the day, but these ladies are often found on their web in daylight hours too! Might be a variation of the species?

@jupiterjanes - Thank you Sarah, Bugs have 6 legs... by the way.

@amz87 - I'll have to get more photos when she grows up then!?!?
August 5th, 2011  
@bobfoto Well not too close up because I'm not breaking this comment streak and it could be scary :-p
August 5th, 2011  
wow, this is awesome Jason. I love the yellow bits on his legs.
August 5th, 2011  
@beelzeboss - they're kinda like the inside of her knees!

@amz87 - only time will tell.
August 5th, 2011  
@bobfoto It is entirely possible that I saw the spider and have forgotten it. Let's bear in mind that it is 32 years since I finished high school! Urk. How old I feel now!
August 5th, 2011  
@karynromeis - only a smidgen older then I. And yeah, I forgive you if maybe you have forgotten the spider itself. You may not have been into bugs and stuff at that age?
August 6th, 2011  
That's a great shot of this lady. They definitely grow bigger in your part of the world than they do here, and they're big enough here!
August 6th, 2011  
@girlie - I've seen their webs cover some huge territory! They're quite an impressive Spider!
August 6th, 2011  
@bobfoto Loved them. Still do. Never the girliest girl, me.
August 6th, 2011  
Yikes!
August 8th, 2011  
@emeraldboots - not really, they're pretty tame and harmless.
August 8th, 2011  
Amazing shot, the lengths we go to get that shot huh!
August 9th, 2011  
@zferrie - the things we do...
August 9th, 2011  
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