What’s green and yellow and purple?
October 24, 2011 § 4 Comments
Answer: One of the best looking orb web spiders I’ve come across yet!
Have you ever had one of those moments when you’re scanning the leaves of a tree or bush and a flash of colour catches your eye? Then comes that brief instant of excitement as you quickly look back to see what has tugged on the edges of your vision.
All too often this sequence seems to end with either an ugly splotch of nothing on a leaf or one of the very common residents of my area (such as plain brown acacia beetles… argh, they’re everywhere! ). But just occasionally, when you glance back, you realise that you are seeing something for the very first time.
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Canon 5D, MPE-65 @ 2.7x, Full flash
The typical orb webs spiders I am use to seeing are large and shaggy, dark in colouration and all legs. So when I spotted this small Araneus circulissparsus, I was very happy firstly to see a new species, but also just to see something different. The fact that this small specimen is also a little stunner (in my very subjective opinion) is an added treat!
Canon 5D, MPE-65 @ 3.7x, Full flash
Small is actually quite an apt description of this species. At approximately 4mm from head to tail, it would have been all too easy to miss this one completely, and I may have done just that if it wasn’t for the beautiful colouration on the body. Luckily thought, that initial glimmer of colour was enough to register and send me looking more closely. It certainly helps to prove the point that vigilance is one of your best tools when looking for subjects!