Category: Insects


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Golden Silk Orb-Weaver

Golden Silk Orb-Weaver

Golden silk orb-weaver spiders are found all over Costa Rica (they range between the southern United States to Argentina), spinning their webs with golden silk so strong it is used by locals as fishing line and by some hummingbirds as nest material. This particular spider is a female, as the males are five to six times smaller. The golden silk produced by these orb-weavers is currently being tested as a stronger alternative to Kevlar, the fiber used in bullet-proof vests.

Ten-Lined June Beetle

Ten-Lined June Beetle

Found in Tahoe, California.

Rainy Arachnid

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I watched this spider all morning as it spun its web; it was mesmerizing. Once the web was finally finished some fog rolled in and collected both on the web and on the spider.

Orchid Bees

Orchid Bees

Orchid Bees in CATIE’s Botanical Garden, Turrialba, Costa Rica.