I know, I know...I just don't seem to be able to get away from any of my garden insect collections, but Summer brings such a big variety, I can't be stopped - they are easily the best subjects to photograph and you don't have to say 'smile', they are ever-ready...like some well known batteries !
This Orb Spider has his lunch already wrapped up like a cocoon, it probably was a Cicada, even Baby Orb gave a hand, learning the ropes or should I say, learning to spin a yarn.
If anyone is familiar with Australian Art, they will detect, that these coloured markings on the spider are actually very similar to some of our Aboriginal paintings from the Outback.
Feb 28, 2010 7:39:19 pmby npauling Homepage »
I have never thought much about young spiders learning how to make a web but I guess they do have to learn. A super capture and she does have great markings on her back, and I do see the likeness to the art. By the size of the catch they look as if they will have plenty to eat for a while.
Mar 3, 2010 9:57:17 pmby Chipka Homepage »
WOW! Looks like somebody's having cicada for dinner! Great capture, and yeah...the things that live in gardens are quite easily the best photographic subjects around, especially when they're as well dressed as this little eight-legged beauty. I love the details and the grace of the spider in the foreground--its so symmetrical, all of his (her?) legs working in perfect synch to keep lunch all wrapped up tight (to prevent spoiling.) Wonderful work! Well seen!
We don't have this particular species in the USA, but they have their cousins: they're impressive and a wee bit timid as far as spiders go.