"How Spider Webs Are Made."
Was fortunate enough to capture the initial stage of a spider web in the making this afternoon at the Townsville Palmetum.
The spider draws two silk threads she released from two anchor points that have been dropped to form a V.
Before that she released an original, very light, strand that blew in the breeze until it found a purchase. She used that single strand (which she thickened first) as a bridge, traversed it and released the V threads at each of the anchor points. She is about to join them here.
Then she attaches another thread from there to form a Y. This is the first of many spokes that will follow and after the completion of which she begins the final stage and spirals out the more circle-like threads.
With enlargement you can see a pair of red eyes top centre of spider. She would easily fit on your little finger nail.
Clever critter! And all without a degree in structural engineering!
(Nikon D750, 200mm Micro-Nikkor and R1 Macro Remote Flash Kit plus on-board camera flash as commander. The longest of focal lengths in any macro lens, the 200mm allowed me to stand back nearly a metre away and not spook her.)