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For Andrew
17-JAN-2007

For Andrew

St. Andrew's Cross spider. Photographed in North Queensland, and showing a good example of the "cross" after which it is named. The cross is made of special 'fluffed-up' silk (known sa Stabilimentum). It's purpose seems to be uncertain, though it is only made by mature spiders.


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BleuEvanescence19-Jun-2007 04:41
Ehm....how big is this?
Is is dangerous?
Shivers down my back....i can't stand spiders but very nice picture!
Gervan08-Mar-2007 22:36
Nice image and interesting info added. I never heard about this creature before. Thanks.
Linda Matta19-Jan-2007 21:58
That is truly fascinating!!!!
Soenda18-Jan-2007 07:03
What a curious construction. It does remind one of the stabilizing bars often seen in the central part of orb spider webs. I wonder if it helps to conceal the animal from preditors?

I do always appreciate your commentary with these shots. It enriches the experience of seeing the natural wonders.
Sheila18-Jan-2007 06:04
Fantastic .
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Galina Stepanova17-Jan-2007 23:15
Very cognitive and interesting. Great picture of unique creature.
Cindi Smith17-Jan-2007 22:46
Wow! What a great thing to see and know! Is this one poisonous? I know there are a lot of poisonous spiders Down Under. I really like this. V on the macro and the lesson.
marie-jose wolff17-Jan-2007 22:13
incredible composition!
Carole Stevens17-Jan-2007 20:00
So interesting Brian lovely find and composition! I'd love to photograph this!
Joanne Kamo17-Jan-2007 14:33
Cool capture and interesting writeup. V
Andrew Vincent17-Jan-2007 10:53
Think I prefer your one Brian.... The background pattern really adds to it. Vote.

Wow, I've never had anything dedicated to me before!

Very humbled, Thanks Brian!
Eric Carrère17-Jan-2007 10:13
Excellent capture and composition Brian, V.
laine8217-Jan-2007 07:43
I have to say he's one of my faves to photograph...I love the " Zippered " effect from his silk.
Yvonne17-Jan-2007 05:22
Interesting how it holds its legs in the shape of the cross too!
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