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12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Golden Silk Orb-weaver

The largest of spider species. The one shown here is a female. If laid out flat including legs can be up to 12 or more inches long. The male on the other hand is about half the size of a match head. A fascinating species and a powerful hunter. It silk has even been woven into a gold colored piece of tribal clothing and displayed at some museums.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2012
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Ramesh Chandar
Awards
Photo of the Day: 03.25.15
Editor's Pick
Finalist