Yellow Spiney-Backed Orb Weaver and Some Really Good Bokeh

This guy has been spinning his web in our tree for a couple of days now and I figured it was time to get out there and take a shot. How about that bokeh shining through the leaves?
Spiny orb-weavers is a common name for Gasteracantha, a genus of spiders. They are also commonly called Spiny-backed orb-weavers because of the prominent spines on their abdomen (cf. genus Isoxya). These spiders can reach sizes of up to 30mm in diameter (measured from spike to spike). Although their shell is shaped like a crab shell with spikes, it is not to be confused with a crab spider. Good news for arachnaphobes: Orb-weavers' bites are generally harmless to humans.


Randy said…
Amazing photograph.
Lowell said…
I've seen these guys before...they can do a lot of work for their size. Love the photo! Just excellent!
Paulo Camacho said…
That's a different "type" of a spyder?
Hilda said…
Ooh, that's an awesome looking spider! Glad to hear it's not poisonous. I like spiders—mainly because they eat bugs. :)
Hilda said…
I forgot to say: these are awesome photos too! I had to look up "bokeh" first, though.
Anonymous said…
harmless you say, i'm not taking any chances that thing looks strange!

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