Initially I thought I would photograph every differnt spider I found. Of course, I soon realised how greatly underestimated the diversity. This particular spider, commonly called the giant wood spider or the golden silk orb weaver, is one of the biggest orb weaving spiders. The name giant wood comes because of the huge size of their webs that they build between 2 trees. They are also called 'golden' orb weavers because, the web is usually yellow instead of white, and appears golden when sunlight shines on it. The yellow color of the silk is thought to be useful in ensnaring bees, and also blends in easily with the background. The pigment intensity can also be adjusted by the spider in accordance to its surroundings. In these spiders the hub is usually near the upper part of the web. They also show is also disticnt sexual dimorphism, with females being considerably larger than males. The females can even be upto 10times larger than the males.
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