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Old Nov 27, 2010, 7:27 AM   #1
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I was chasing butterflies when I found this odd looking web - a different form of signature spider? What I thought was just junk collected in the centre turned out to be the spider itself at one end! The 'design' portion of the web was about one inch.



See the spider popping out at one end:


To capture the beautiful pattern of the web, I introduced a contrasting background (I couldn't get any darker material immediately):


Would appreciate comments, and the ID of the spider.

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Old Nov 27, 2010, 2:38 PM   #2
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Raghu, did a quick search on the web and found this. Scroll down and you will see an article and a photo - looks just like your spider:

http://aniruddhahd.blogspot.com/2009...piders-of.html

"Some other common genus occurring here are Cyclosa sp., or sometimes called “Debri-collecting spiders”, these spiders collect debris, such as dried plant materials, seeds, and even insect parts. It then binds all of these in a line at the center of its orb-web, with the help of stabilimenta, and resst in between this collection, well camouflaged and nearly impossible to sight."
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Old Nov 27, 2010, 8:02 PM   #3
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Thank you Saly, yes it looks like Cyclosa sp. What an excellent collection and photographs Aniruddha Dhamolikar has got in his blog! Amazing work. Thanks once again for leading me to his blog. How I wish I had an LC55!

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If I'm not mistaken, the circular pattern around the "debris" is part of his web that reflects UV to attract insects (food). These UV patterns come in different shapes, some spiders weave a zig-zag pattern like lightning. Amazing creatures, these spiders.
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I love spider shots...!

Good job...!
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Old Nov 28, 2010, 12:13 AM   #6
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The morning broke bright today and I could get better shots of the web and the spider. Here are some:

Another view of the pattern at the center of the Cyclosa spider web:


Can you see him at the centre, of his 'debris' home?


Look at the beautiful pattern he has woven:


This is as close as I could get to him:


A farewell shot?


Hope you like these too.
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Another great set of shots...!

He definately blends right in with the debris...
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very nice...and informative..thanks...for posting it...
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Raghu, the third shot shows the web pattern beautifully.
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