Not since May have two entire weeks gone by with not a hint of a spider or three. High time I did something about it.
Today’s spider is a rather curiously shaped fellow who is called the Spiny orb-weaver from genus Gasteracantha. As the name suggests, this spider builds large two-dimensional orb webs like the Argiope spiders and many ohers. I’m not quite sure why, but for some reason they seem to build these webs rather close to Argiope webs. Often I’ve found them but a foot or so away, with the plane of the web sometimes almost normal to that of the Argiope’s.
Anyhou, tiny as they may be, they’re still quite colourful and I was lucky enough to catch this one with some backlighting.
Metadata Canon Powershot G11. ISO 80. f/4.0 at 1/125 second. Edited using Picasa 3.8 and Adobe Photoshop CS5. Taken in December 2011 at my workplace near Bommasandra, Bangalore, India.