And the bush has friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him, In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, And at night the wonderous glory of the everlasting stars.

Banjo Paterson (1889)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Horned Spider

This is some footage I took of a beautiful little brown spider with four horns and small circles on it's abdomen, building a web. The video was taken during the Christmas 2008 trip to Danum Valley, Borneo.

It's a lovely spider and looks similar to other horned spiders, but I still can't find it's real name. Knowing Borneo, it could be a new species, as I haven't seen any of them during any of our trips. If anyone does know what it is, please let me know.

A friend of mine recently said she had trouble watching the videos, as they would start and then stop for a while, then start. I occurred to me that some people may be unaware how to get the most out of videos on the internet.

I have found that if you play the video for a second, then hit the pause button and let it buffer near to or to the end, then hit play, you can watch the complete video without the annoying stop starts. If it's a long video (10 min +), the buffer may take a while, so I usually go get myself a coffee while it's downloading!

1 comment:

Denis Wilson said...

Great Video of fascinating Spider.
The size of the abdomen to the rest of the creature is extraordinary. At first I thought the big bit was the head, (with eyes), but then I figured that must be false markings.