Classic: waiting for dinner

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A large orb weaver spider (genus _Araneus_) sits in the center of her web, just waiting for some prey (you, perhaps?) to come along and get stuck in her web.  All eight legs, her giant abdomen, and her pedipalps are nicely visible, as is the central portion of her web.  These spiders spin their webs at dusk, hence the nighttime black background.  I love how her legs are spread out so that they connect to more than half of the major supporting strands of the web.  And yes, she was facing down, towards the ground.
A large orb weaver spider (genus _Araneus_) sits in the center of her web, just waiting for some prey (you, perhaps?) to come along and get stuck in her web. All eight legs, her giant abdomen, and her pedipalps are nicely visible, as is the central portion of her web. These spiders spin their webs at dusk, hence the nighttime black background. I love how her legs are spread out so that they connect to more than half of the major supporting strands of the web. And yes, she was facing down,...
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