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Long-Horned Orb-weaver (Macracantha arcuata) by melvynyeo Long-Horned Orb-weaver (Macracantha arcuata) by melvynyeo
Taken in Malaysia forest.

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Generally, orb-weaving spiders are three-clawed builders of flat webs with sticky spiral capture silk. The building of a web is an engineering feat, begun when the spider floats a line on the wind to another surface. The spider secures the line and then drops another line from the center, making a "Y". The rest of the scaffolding follows with many radii of nonsticky silk being constructed before a final spiral of sticky capture silk. The third claw is used to walk on the nonsticky part of the web. Characteristically, the prey insect that blunders into the sticky lines is stunned by a quick bite, and then wrapped in silk. If the prey is a venomous insect, such as a wasp, wrapping may precede biting.

Many orb-weavers build a new web each day. Most orb-weavers tend to be active during the evening hours; they hide for most of the day. Generally, towards evening, the spider will consume the old web, rest for approximately an hour, then spin a new web in the same general location. Thus, the webs of orb-weavers are generally free of the accumulation of detritus common to other species, such as black widow spiders.

Some orb-weavers do not build webs at all. Members of the genera Mastophora in the Americas, Cladomelea in Africa, and Ordgarius in Australia produce sticky globules, which contain a pheromone analog. The globule is hung from a silken thread dangled by the spider from its front legs. The pheromone analog attracts male moths of only a few species. These get stuck on the globule and are reeled in to be eaten. Interestingly, both types of bolas spiders are highly camouflaged and difficult to locate.

The spiny orb-weaving spiders in the genera Gasteracantha and Micrathena look like plant seeds or thorns hanging in their orb-webs. Some species of Gasteracantha have very long, horn-like spines protruding from their abdomens.

One feature of the webs of some orb-weavers is the stabilimentum, a crisscross band of silk through the center of the web. It is found in a number of genera, but Argiope, which includes the common garden spider of Europe, as well as the yellow and banded garden spiders of North America, is a prime example. The band has been hypothesized to be a lure for prey, a marker to warn birds away from the web, and a camouflage for the spider when it sits in the center of the web. However, recent research suggests the stabilimentum actually decreases the visibility of the silk to insects, thus making it harder for prey to avoid the web.[3] The orb-web consists of a frame and supporting radii overlaid with a sticky capture spiral, and the silks used by orb-weaver spiders have exceptional mechanical properties to withstand the impact of flying prey.
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HunddesKrieges Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It reminds me of a bull. Very cool shot (and "horns", ha, ha).
DragonRoseArt123 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
It must get stuck A LOT and I would HATE to accidentally step on that!

Anyway, great shot!!
Mondanian101 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 12, 2014
What a beautiful shot!!!! :D Your photography is absolutely magnificent! :)
HardCoreCrocomire Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
how does that thing get around!?
TDLBallistic Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Spider needs to calm down with those horns there.
melvynyeo Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
SaraPereiraArt Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Scary, amazing capture!
Digimortal88 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
that's the strangest spider i've ever seen...Oh Noes! 
WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Out of this world!  Great photo and I enjoyed the info as well.
Mouselemur Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This looks so creepy in a cute way ;P Absolutely love how you captured it on camera :love:
SETBLKYOEM Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful and interesting.
NdrN Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Very nice!
herofan135 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One word: WOW!
Beegbot Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Big Fool Emoji-03 (Creep Stare) [V2] so -awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
147CombatMedic Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
gensanity Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool
Just-iceo9 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Really Cool!!!
XoPachi Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
I imagine he must bump his horns and get stuck a lot. ;^;
Kalhiki Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist
I can only imagine Samurai Jack shouting "Aku!" when I see this.
gmdwilcox Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely spider, makes ours look so boring.
SnowInHades Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow :wow: What an amazingly beautiful spider!
OnyxHavok Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student Photographer
Awesome macro shot! The focus is amazing; you can see all of the little hairs on him and everything! :O
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/160 second
Focal Length
100 mm
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Date Taken
Jan 5, 2014, 1:28:34 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
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