Spiders

Challenge #2 in the Macro series. Hosted by kdf36.
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This week's macro based challenge will be from the arachnid family (spiders). Once again, just to be clear, a spider is defined as "a small creature that has eight legs and usually creates a web of sticky threads in which it catches insects for food" (Merriam-Webster). Basically, if it looks like a spider, feel free to include it, i.e. a "daddy-long legs" is technically not a true spider, but it is close enough in this case. I hope to do another challenge in the coming weeks that includes other arachnids, i.e. scorpions and such, so hold onto those photos. Please share your best spider photos with the community, as I have enjoyed the various spider photos shown in previous challenges immensely. I think others will as well. I increased the number of submissions to 125 for this one. The insect challenge proved to be popular, so I am assuming this one will be as well.
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Gold silk spider, or banana spider - Nephila clavipes These critters only bite if handled aggressively or squeezed. Their bite is less painful than a bee sting. The female, shown here, will grow to about six or seven inches in length. The males are much smaller. They capture prey by wrapping them in silk after they are caught in their large and extra sticky webs. Most have a clown-like face. So if you, like many, think clowns are scary, this is your kind of spider.
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Submitted: Monday, 6th October, 2014 07:45 (GMT)
Taken: Saturday, 6th September, 2014
Focal length: 2.15 mm
Shutter speed: 1/120 sec
Aperture: F2.4
ISO: 64
Notes: Technically, this is a "selfie" of me and my spidey buddy. We made a deal. She'd take care of the mosquitos, and I'd leave the insect spray under the sink.
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