Comments & ID Thoughts
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This comic is for TangledWeb, who identifies here at SpiderID with skill and dedication.
The spider featured in this comic is Cyclosa turbinata, one of the Trashline Orb-weavers. Trashline Orb-weavers are so named because they use their trash (insect husks and other debris) to create a vertical line in their webs. Their unusual shape and mottled appearance help them to blend in with this line, effectively concealing them from predators.
Disclaimer: I realize the style is vastly different from my previous shares. This is due to my use of a photograph as a visual reference model. I believe this does not fall into the category of copyright infringement, as all drawing was done freehand (no tracing). Nevertheless, here is a link to the image so that the original photographer may be acknowledged:
I chose this reference image because I thought this little lady looked adorably bashful hiding behind all her knees. Spiders have so many knees - I love it!
TangledWeb, thanks for keeping SpiderID going and for taking the time to comment on my drawings and share your ideas!