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Spiny Orb-Weaver Spider
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Published: February 21, 2015
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Taken at night in Singapore.

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Spiny orb-weavers is a common name for Gasteracantha, a genus of spiders. They are also commonly called Spiny-backed orb-weavers, due to the prominent spines on their abdomen (cf. genus Isoxya). These spiders can reach sizes of up to 30mm in diameter (measured from spike to spike). Although their abdomen is shaped like a crab shell with spikes, it is not to be confused with a crab spider.

Orb-weavers' bites are generally harmless to humans.
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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1/160 second
Focal Length
100 mm
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Date Taken
Jan 17, 2015, 12:20:49 AM
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
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Wow. i can't think of a way to make this picture any better. Excellent focus and framing, and a really cool subject.
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I'm in love!!! <3 what a cutie! 
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Love it
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Wolverine spider? Anyone?
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nopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenope....jk xD I love it!
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Batman? Awesome!
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He hunts.... FOR JUSTICE! Humans killed his parents by boot and now he fights to save the other spiders from the same fate!
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there are many of them near our school! but i really wonder why the people there call that "BATMAN." 
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This is a really nice photo! I really love insects/arachnids. There are similar ones back at my home! They're white spiny orbs and they look like they've got skulls engraved onto their backs.
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Omg, horn-like thingies spines on its body. :O That's both cool and creepy.
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...Pika-spider... O.O
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Hate to find that thing in my boot! Anyway, great shot!
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O_O This is nightmare inducing, but I can't look away.
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What nature has to offer is so beautiful!
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Cool...but i'd still stomp on it
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Every life has a soul no Matter how small
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Such a strange but unique spider.  It looks like it has another set of eyes in the middle of its body (under the yellow pattern on the back).
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Hi, your wonderful work has been featured in the latest devPREMIUM's Weekly Macro Spotlight Vol. 155. Best regards!!
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Woah, scary little guy. Amazing shot :meow:
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Woooow, that yellow little spot at his side looks just like an eye. What a gorgeous, creepy little creature!
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