Thursday, December 25, 2014

Spiny Backed Orb Weaver Spider Spinning A Web

Spiny Backed Orb Weaver Spider masterfully weaving a web set to Classical Music. Because of it's stunningly bizarre beauty it is natural that the Gasteracantha cancriformis is called by many names - the star spider, spiny-backed orb weaver, spiny orb weaver spider, crab-like orb weaver spider, crab-like spiny orb weaver spider, crab spider, jewel spider, spiny-bellied orbweaver, jewel box spider, smiley face spider or sometimes in the Philippines, the king. I think of it as the happy smiley-faced spider as it really seems to enjoy its work and is a joy to have around the Backyard! Watch as this beautiful spider fastidiously works its magic set to classical music:

Habanera by Bizet
Solo Cello Passion by Doug Maxwell 
Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairies by Tchaikovsky

Closeup views of another Spiny Orb Weaver

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Spiny Backed Orb Weaver Spider