I found this beautiful Orb-Weaver also known as Silver Orb Spider (Leucauge species) in my garden. I have used Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM using 36mm Kenko extension tube. This whole setup is illuminated by Canon MT-24EX macro twin light flash.
Leucauge spider is from the family of Tetragnathidae which is also known as long-jawed orb weavers. Usually around 7-9 mm in size. Just like in the photo above, at its web, this spider always stays upside down. These orb-weaving spiders are highly diverse, abundant in the fields and important regulator of pest populations in our ecosystems.
They are distributed throughout India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, and Northern Australia. Their usual habitat consists of low shrubs in shaded and moist environments and build their orb webs in shaded vegetation.
The cephalothorax is flat which is pale yellow, darkens medially and towards the margin. Pedicel joins the abdomen some distance along the ventral side. The abdomen is tubular, tapers to the front and protrudes to the rear over the spinnerets. There are silver white patches all over the abdomen. The legs are long and thin with dark brown annulations.
Femora IV with uniform rakes of long curved trichobothria (hairs). The body and leg shapes and the silver, black and yellow markings of Leucauge females make identification of the genus relatively easy. They have two rows of long, slender curved hairs on the femurs of the fourth leg. In most cases the web is slanted rather than vertical and the spider rests in the middle of the web with its underside facing upwards.
EXIF info – Aperture : ƒ/11 | Camera : Canon EOS 5D Mark III | Taken : 24 August, 2014 | Flash fired : yes | Focal length : 100mm | ISO : 100 | Shutter speed : 1/100s | Images and content Copyright © Krishna Mohan. Please contact me to purchase prints or for image publication license.