Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Giant Wood Spider

This is a Giant Wood Spider (Nephila maculata) found usually during the end of the year monsoons in Bangalore outskirts. This one was shot at Valley School, against the light. This is one of the two types that occurs in Bangalore. The other one being the black and red Nephla kuhli. The two tiny spiders, in the frame towards the top-left and between the last two legs on the right, are the males of this species. Talk about size difference! The female also promptly eats-up the male after intercourse!

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Shiv Senthivel said...

I know some women like that and they are not even bigger ;-)

Unknown said...

Came face to face with one while on holiday in Kerela last year. Fearsome in appearance but apparantly a bit of a wuss. No matter, I still check under my bed. A beautiful spider.