Bob Belas Photography Blog

The Glowing Spider

Glowing Spider 3, color

Glowing spider 1, color

This species of spider is a frequent inhabitant of my gardens where it makes beautiful orb webs. It's a relatively small spider, probably no more than 1 cm from anterior to posterior leg tips. Oddly, I've never seen the spider's dorsal side, as they build their webs close to plants or other surfaces, making observation of their backs difficult at best. But, their ventral abdomen is really neat: it has patches of yellow that simply glow when light hits them.

I was lucky enough to capture this one while it waited for its next meal by my orchids.