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I've been busy since Wednesday, but I didn't forget this week's glimpse. I almost bumped into this *tiny* critter, and since her web was so close to eye-level, I went back the camera and got several close-ups. I took a measuring tape with me, but unfortunately, I touched the web with it and startled her before I could show you how big she was. Still, I saw with my own little eyes that she measured 12cm.



Golden web Néphile 

Doesn't her back make for a freaky totem?

A Noiseless Patient Spider. by Walt Whitman
A NOISELESS, patient spider,
I mark’d, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated;
Mark’d how, to explore the vacant, vast surrounding,
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself;
Ever unreeling them—ever tirelessly speeding them.

And you, O my Soul, where you stand,
Surrounded, surrounded, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing,—seeking the spheres, to connect them;
Till the bridge you will need, be form’d—till the ductile anchor hold;
Till the gossamer thread you fling, catch somewhere, O my Soul.

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mindseas
Mar. 22nd, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
Cool spider! My son saw some big spiders in Japan too, but when I went there they didn't seem to be around.
mnfaure
Mar. 22nd, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
These nephiles are *everywhere* here in Mayotte. Very impressive and their golden webs are so cool looking. :)
cathemery
Mar. 22nd, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
Nifty neat!
mnfaure
Mar. 22nd, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
We likes our creepy crawlies, we do. :D
footlingagain
Mar. 22nd, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
No, very beautiful, actually. And golden webs!

However, these too would have to obey the "stay outside" rule, or else they would be battered to death. Though not by me :D
mnfaure
Mar. 22nd, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
*lol* Luckily, this species prefers to be outside. They particularly like stretching their webs between electrical wires.
frigg
Mar. 25th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Very colourful!
mnfaure
Mar. 27th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the underbelly has a few more colors to it, but I'd already made her too nervous. She's still there, so I might go back and get a few more shots.
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