extreme dimorphism by koalagardens

extreme dimorphism

I love golden orb spiders. The little fella is an adult male and the big one is the female. Usually there are 3 or more males in a web, but this lady only had one suitor in sight. Love the lacy pattern on her head! Thank you for the awesome comments and questions on my photos.
Poor male spider haha... but its an excellent image.. fav for sure
May 26th, 2019  
Wow, that is a big spider. Does she eats her partners?
May 26th, 2019  
Great comparison. Beautiful shot.
May 26th, 2019  
Wow! Yikes to the spider but what a great shot.
May 26th, 2019  
@jacqbb they are pretty fascinating - apparently the female is more likely to eat the bigger males, so finally in this world being a small petite guy may help you live longer. They pretty much run in and try to mate her while she is busy feeding on some new catch, and hope she doesn't notice. nature is beyond strange ain't she? :)
May 26th, 2019  
great details and interesting shot
May 26th, 2019  
@koalagardens She is! Thank you for your response!
May 26th, 2019  
So smaller ones are not more juicy, they just live longer!
May 26th, 2019  
Am a big spider fan. Years ago, R & I were at a bash in a Bristol hotel and stayed overnight. I was delighted to discover a spider before a member of staff finished its life with a swift crush. We took it home with us in a box that had contained complimentary toiletries and released it into the wilds of Swindon.
May 26th, 2019  
These are the most spectacular web builders - but I had never realized that the small ones were the males. Thanks for the great image and the info!
May 26th, 2019  
I don’t think I’ve seen them before, but I would not have thought they were the same family. Thanks for the info and the beautiful photo.
May 26th, 2019  
@s4sayer yes people have this auto-responder to kill them don't they! I had an environmental science student here and we were checking the nesting boxes when I found this beauty. I nearly walked through a web support and he was upset for a moment he may have disturbed the web but he had missed it, ladder and all. We then spent a little while photographing her and discussing orbs :)
good job in that hotel, spiders are SO important!
May 26th, 2019  
@koalagardens People like to kill everything they see it seems... simply use a glass and a piece of paper will also work... catch it and drop it outside the house :)
May 26th, 2019  
terrific capture :)
May 26th, 2019  
Great micro.
May 26th, 2019  
Beautiful capture of her....I love them too.....I often can't see the little blokes in the larger webs....she is beautifully coloured
May 26th, 2019  
@madeinnl sometimes photographers are less quick to kill because they grab their macro lens :) (sometimes)
May 26th, 2019  
@annied this web was so multidimensional - it went out in many directions rather than the usual flat web. you often have to look hard to find the males as they usually wait on the edges. After the first few photos I moved around a bit and disturbed some of the grass that had web supports so the web got a little jostled - this male must have been hoping she had some prey and was feeding and he would get his chance ... hope he didn't get eaten after we left hahaha
May 26th, 2019  
Gorgeous spider & very interesting information. How I wish people would rescue rather than kill...
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May 26th, 2019  
Great detail and info.
May 27th, 2019  
Wow, didn't realize that. Great capture.
May 27th, 2019  
Isn't he facing the danger of being eaten or is that a falsehood?
May 27th, 2019  
good detail and composition
May 27th, 2019  
She is a huge lady ..
May 27th, 2019  
wow great shot
May 27th, 2019  
What a magnificent capture of this beauty, wonderful patterns and colours.
May 27th, 2019  
@ubobohobo oh yes the girls do eat the little males. I accidentally disturbed the web a little and the male must have thought she had caught something and was feeding and he came to the centre, most likely in the hopes of a mating opportunity while she was busy eating. when I took the first photos he was sitting quite a distance out on the web :)
in the wild, life is sure about weighing up the dangers :)
May 27th, 2019  
Fantastic nature shot...fav
May 27th, 2019  
Wonderful nature shot.
May 27th, 2019  
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