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Weird Spiky Spider
Lens: Pentax HD DA 55-300mm f/4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE Lens Camera: Pentax KP Photo Location: Lake Manchester Reserve QLD ISO: 640 Shutter Speed: 1/180s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: K2 to K50, 06-30-2020, 07:11 PM

This was a strange looking fellow. It was almost sunset, and he was in deep shade, so used the KP's built-in flash, which may have caused the web strands to become hidden, to make it appear as if he is hanging in mid-air. I didn't actually plan for that effect.
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It is a Spiny Orb Weaver. We have had them in our back yard in Arkansas for the last several years. Weird looking spider. Comes in many color combinations.
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We used to call them Christmas Spiders as they were only seen in late Novenber and over Christmas and then they disappeared again.
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Be careful, like some many other things you have there "down under"... it's probably working out a way to kill you and then eat you.

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Nice shot and great "suspension" effect. I often get spiny spiders like that caught on the tractor when I am doing the tracks.
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Nice. Well done!
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QuoteOriginally posted by MikeNArk Quote
It is a Spiny Orb Weaver. We have had them in our back yard in Arkansas for the last several years. Weird looking spider. Comes in many color combinations.
So, not a uniquely Australian critter.


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We used to call them Christmas Spiders as they were only seen in late Novenber and over Christmas and then they disappeared again.
Interesting - I shot this fellow in May, but maybe their appearance/disappearance is a climate thing, and they hang around longer up here in QLD.


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Be careful, like some many other things you have there "down under"... it's probably working out a way to kill you and then eat you.
Thanks Kerrowdown, warning heeded - I have a healthy fear of anything that poisons, stings, or bites.


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Nice shot and great "suspension" effect. I often get spiny spiders like that caught on the tractor when I am doing the tracks.
Thanks PJ1 - I cannot take too much credit for the "suspension" effect, it was not foreseen or planned, when I chose to use the flash. That choice was dictated by the available light. And thanks for the "Like".

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Nice. Well done!
Thank you very much, Janse - glad you liked it. And thanks for the "Like".

And thanks also to Bengan, Charlie Victor,, Kdgparnell, for your "Like"s.
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So, not a uniquely Australian critter.
I know these as Jewels spiders, your model is a female The Find-a-spider Guide - Jewel spider

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I know these as Jewels spiders, your model is a female The Find-a-spider Guide - Jewel spider
Thanks for that link, Mike. You have definitely nailed it.
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