Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Black & Yellow Argiope Spider


There definitely is no shortage of  Black-and-Yellow Argiopes, Argiope aurantia, along Biolab Rd. on the Merritt Island NWR. These large spiders build large, impressive webs. Thank you very much to Mia McPherson for the correct identification of this species! If you haven't been to her website, you should definitely check it out.....http://onthewingphotography.com/wings/


Yesterday morning as I was admiring the large web above, a grasshopper made an unfortunate leap into the sticky web and became the immediate prey of the awaiting spider.


The orbweaver immobilizes its prey by encasing it in silk.


The spider decided to leave the grasshopper for later!


29 comments:

  1. AMAZING photos..love orb weavers of all kinds.

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  2. Amazing detail!!

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  3. heel mooi gedaan het lijkt wel de tijgerspin.

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  4. Cool captures of the web and spider! Happy Sunday!

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  5. i have a large yellow argiope on the back of my deck. i feed her grasshoppers almost every day. :) she does the same thing - wraps it and waits for it to stop wiggling.

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  6. Sin palabras nos dejas con tan increibles imágenes.
    Saludos desde Extremadura

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  7. Hola Tammy magnificas secuencias de esta bella araña envolviendo a su presa.Un abrazo

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  8. Impressive procedure of her wrapping up that victim. Great detail Tammy.

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  9. Beautiful Spider wrapping its dinner, brilliant photography Tammy.

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  10. Fantastic series Tammy, nature at its rawest.

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  11. Brilliant Tammy, nature at work indeed!

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  12. That's fascinating - well captured. I agree about Mia's site.

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  13. Wonderful pictures Tammy....nice work as uual.

    Wish you a nice week.

    Greetings, Joop

    Have you visit already my other blog ` Photo´s in big size ` you are welcome.

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  14. A great series of photographs of the spider, compliments Tammy.
    Greetings Irma

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  15. Aaaahhh yes indeed!
    Same subject, same situation except yours got a cricket and mine a dragonfly! LOL!
    I love your post and your images, my spider should take lessons from yours, that web is beautiful!!!
    Cheers Tammy, keep well!

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  16. Tammy, your spider images are wonderful and show the behavior of web building very well!

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  17. Hello Tammy,
    Very beautiful shots!!
    Great how you photographed that spider with his web. Wonderful!!

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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  18. Hi Tommy, great pictures.
    They are amazing.

    Greetings from Poland
    Damian

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  19. I just love walking down a path early in the morning and encountering an orb weaver's web! They are surprisingly strong and I usually end up spitting and brushing my face for the next several minutes.

    Great series and, naturally, superb quality images!

    (I echo your recommendation to visit Mia's website -- immediately!)

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  20. Very detailed creature spiders. Beautiful details, you captured them well. Have to feel bad for the grasshopper though. Just saying.

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  21. Aren't spiders amazing? Excellent captures Tammy!
    xo Catherine

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  22. Beautiful photos Tammy - I just found your blog. My blog continues to morph from a fishing blog to a fossiling blog to a non-existent blog to a photo blog. The photography thing is still very new to me but I am totally enthralled. LOVE seeing photos like yours - macro shots of insects really intrigue me..

    Thanks for letting me tag along!

    Joe

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  24. Fantastiske bilder av Edderkopp, imponerende byggverk de spinner.

    Ottar

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  25. Amazing pictures of the Spider, imposing edifice they spin.

    Ottar

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  26. Love all of your previous macro shots. Enjoyed your blog as always.

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