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Star-bellied orbweaver (<em>Acanthepeira stellata</em>), female
06-JUN-2012 Christine Hanrahan

Star-bellied orbweaver (Acanthepeira stellata), female

I have long wanted to see one of these dramatic looking orbweavers, but didn't really think I would. And then today, while on my way home through Rockcliffe Park, there she was. I first noticed her because of her prey, a very large water beetle which must have bumbled into her web. Then I saw the spider and was delighted. Fortunately for me, she sat very still. This species is distinctive with its thorny projections and somewhat star-shaped pattern on the abdomen. This female was about 12mm in size, not counting her legs which were pulled in underneath her.

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
1/1600s f/2.8 at 5.0mm iso100 full exif

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Irene Wehrli09-Oct-2012 10:00
Oh my goodness - what a creature you captured here...
Marvelous shot!
Esa Ervasti11-Jun-2012 11:19
Congrats, I can imagine your joy! Amazing creature indeed.
Gillian11-Jun-2012 01:47
Wow....I wouldn't have even recognized this as a spider! Great shot!
skhin09-Jun-2012 10:10
Wow! Good for you. What a find!
Janet Forjan-Freedman09-Jun-2012 02:09
Very cool looking insect well captured!
Ulla Kruys07-Jun-2012 16:53
What an amazing Spider and so well captured! A great discvovery!!
Janet Donnelly07-Jun-2012 14:45
Doesn't look like any spider I've ever seen :-)
Remarkable close up shot!
LynnH07-Jun-2012 01:20
Very cool spider!! Great closeup! V
Karen Stuebing06-Jun-2012 22:14
Wow, she is tiny. She is also an unusual looking spider. Super close up. V.
Graeme06-Jun-2012 18:45
The information is amazing as is the close up shot, Christine. Very well seen.BBV
PauloCGama06-Jun-2012 18:11
Once again, thank you for the information, Christine.
Marvelous shot - gorgeous small details.
John Reynolds06-Jun-2012 17:58
Excellent capture and thanks for the information. V.
Mildred Alpern06-Jun-2012 17:51
LIke something from under the sea..a blowfish, puffed up
joseantonio06-Jun-2012 17:50
Spectacular. Great shot
MarcViskens06-Jun-2012 17:37
nice shot
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