Huge spider in a web that reaches from one side of the road to the other

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Daan Prinsloo on October 10, 2010

Wow, and people called our reptiles creepy! I'm running around a bit and have not yet uploaded something for "people", but I'll start later today. Groetjes, Daan

Florentine Vermeiren on October 10, 2010

Hi Daan. Isn't she a beauty? Usually I'm not looking for insects or spiders as they are very small and difficult to photograph, but I couldn't even pretend not to see this one. You're going to participate at People? Good so! It's starting to slow down a bit and yet there are so many possibilities to show them doing different things : for a living, as a hobby, because of traditions, etc.

Thanks for your visit! Groetjes, indri

Daan Prinsloo on October 10, 2010

You're lucky to have such a specimen at hand; because of the long, dry Winter and Spring our insects are still absent, although last night we had some showers. I'm trying my best with insects but don't have good enough one yet to upload. I've started uploading at people. Groetjes, Daan

Florentine Vermeiren on October 10, 2010

Lucky... at hand...? I live in Belgium you know, it was the first time after 4 years I returned to Madagascar, realized former missed opportunities, and took that shot, there it was Winter (dry season) also. If you look at the other photos you'll see the dry environment, and because Ivato is situated in the Highlands of Madagascar, once the Sun is down it gets very cold because of a sudden bone cutting cold wind generated by the then flooded rice fields to allow new seedlings to grow.

All this to explain that I admired that spider for, despite: wind, cold, Winter, having succeeded to build and maintain such a web! :-)

Groetjes, indri

Daan Prinsloo on October 10, 2010

Oh, I thought this was taken in your backyard (haha). Perhaps the spiders in Madagascar are hungrier than those in SA (they watched the movie too often I guess). I had one spider in the bath this morning, but not interesting enough to take a photograph (we have beautiful spiders). Groetjes, Daan

Florentine Vermeiren on October 10, 2010

Mister Daan! I'm shocked! If you would bother to 'click' at the photo you could see where it was taken. Even better: if you click twice you see it even bigger, and if you're really courageous you can click once more and see it full size and count the number of left behind carcasses in that web!

Don't worry, its just to let you know how difficult it was to locate that picture on the exact spot, I thought it could be of some help for people looking to find such spiders :-(

Groetjes, indri

Daan Prinsloo on October 10, 2010

indri, I have just done so, and I tender my most humble apologies! The bodies are strewn across the web for all to see ("een se dood is die ander een se brood", we say in Afrikaans). I am often accused of being too much in a hurry. But wait until I get one of OUR spiders. Off to bed now, work in the morning. Groetjes, Daan

Florentine Vermeiren on October 10, 2010

Good night Daan and Whees. Hihi, I hope there's none of YOUR big spiders in your bed right now ;-).

Groetjes, indri

Daan Prinsloo on October 11, 2010

indri, it happens now and then! Sometimes the sipders get into clothes in the cupboard or in a sock. We have a violin spider whose bite causes great discomfort and infection. A bigger problem is also occasionally when the dogs (two Jack Russels) bring red ticks into the house, and they have ended up in bed (the ticks and the dogs). Groetjes, Daan

Florentine Vermeiren on October 11, 2010

Ticks in your bed, eeeeeeeeeeeek! I love animals, mostly mammals that is, but hate blood sucking, biting, stinging, venom injecting, parasite transmitting insects that consider me as a free supermarket. Yek! Groetjes, indri

Daan Prinsloo on October 11, 2010

Are you talking about an insurance salesman? HaHa. We recently had some Belgian Fontal (Selga?) cheese - I prefer it strong and pungent (roquefort) and Whees less so (feta), and this cheese was a good compromise. From a spider to ticks to cheese - my mind wandering, maybe getting hungry again. Groetjes, Daan

Florentine Vermeiren on October 12, 2010

I fear You have been playing too much "Chinese Whispers" Daan :-)

Groetjes, indri

Daan Prinsloo on October 12, 2010

Or maybe the People Game. But whatever, the topic, for me it often comes back to a tasty cheese!

Florentine Vermeiren on October 12, 2010

I imagine you'll be writing Cheese instead of cheers at the end of a message ;-)

Isaie D on October 14, 2010

Oké,...deze kom ik liever niet tegen Indri. Niet dat ik sinnenfobie heb maar daar in de warmere streken moet je ze toch eerst leren kennen voor je weet wat aaibaar is.

Groetjes, Dani

Florentine Vermeiren on October 14, 2010

Ik was er al een paar keer voorbijgelopen eer ik er aan dacht een foto te nemen Dani. Jammer dat ze te hoog hing om er iets als maatstaf tegen te houden zodat de grootte van dat beestje beter tot haar recht zou komen. Goed dat er zulke spinnen zijn, je wil niet weten welk ongedierte daar allemaal rondvliegt. Heb je de foto maximaal vergroot? Dan zie je beter hoe groot dat web wel is en hoeveel stukjes ongedierte afval er hier en daar nog inplakt, en dat is maar het centrale gedeelte van het web ;-)

Bedankt voor je bezoek! Groetjes, indri

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 9, 2010
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    by Florentine Vermeiren
    • Camera: CASIO COMPUTER CO.,LTD. EX-H10
    • Taken on 2010/09/07 08:34:09
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 25.90mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO64
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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