Some of the most interesting spiders are the Orb Weavers - and lucky for us they are some of the most pervasive. Nearly 3000 species exist, and you can find orb weavers on every continent (except Antarctica).
The Western Spotted Orb Weaver's coloration and patterns are known to vary quite a bit. The one above is quite pale, while the one below has a very vivid pattern.
As always, be sure to click on the photos for a full size view. And for fans of macro photos, check out Macro Mondays, where people of many skill levels and interests contribute macro photos.
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