City Signature

Vidyun R Hebbar's Image

This signature spider hung above a roadside and Vidyun watched it every weekend for a month, noticing how it regularly rebuilt its web. These spiders are common in his local area in Bangalore, so Vidyun set out to frame this one against the backdrop of an apartment block. He wanted to show how ‘the spider was living among us in my big city’.

Signature spiders decorate their fine webs with zigzags of silken threads, or stabilimenta, which sometimes resemble letters. The spiders build new webs – with different zigzag ‘signatures’ – every day, usually in supportive vegetation, wherever a foothold can be found. The purpose of these ‘signatures’ could be to advertise the traps, deterring birds from crashing through.

Behind the lens

Vidyun R Hebbar

Vidyun R Hebbar


Vidyun is a keen photographer who loves photographing tiny creatures – spiders in particular – in the streets, parks and gardens near his home in the city of Bengaluru. He first featured in the competition when he was just eight.

Image details

  • Nikon D5000
  • Nikkor 85mm lens
  • 1/1600 sec at f6.3  •   ISO 200
  • Sarvabhouma Nagar, Karnataka, India
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