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Tunnel Spider

Tunnel Spider
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Copyright: Arjun Haarith (Arjun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 359 W: 7 N: 1234] (7551)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, AF Nikkor 28-105 Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-06 10:09
Viewed: 12378
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Spiders are predatory invertebrate animals that have two body segments, eight legs, no chewing mouth parts and no wings. They are classified in the order Araneae, one of several orders within the larger class of arachnids, a group which also contains scorpions, whip scorpions, mites, ticks, and opiliones (harvestmen). The study of spiders is known as arachnology.

All spiders produce silk, a thin, strong protein strand extruded by the spider from spinnerets most commonly found on the end of the abdomen. Many species use it to trap insects in webs, although there are also many species that hunt freely. Silk can be used to aid in climbing, form smooth walls for burrows, build egg sacs, wrap prey, and temporarily hold sperm, among other applications.

All spiders except those in the families Uloboridae and Holarchaeidae, and in the suborder Mesothelae (together about 350 species) can inject venom to protect themselves or to kill and liquefy prey. Only about 200 species, however, have bites that can pose health problems to humans.[1] Many larger species' bites may be quite painful, but will not produce lasting health concerns.

Spiders are found all over the world, from the tropics to the Arctic, living underwater in silken domes they supply with air, and on the tops of mountains. In 1973 Skylab 3 took two spiders into space to test their web-spinning capability in free-fall.

The amazing speciality of this spider is that it builds its web in a shape of a tunnel.And when any predator comes on the web,due to vibration it comes out and captures it.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2943 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-06 12:29]

Hi Arjun. well done for this one. its a bit different. i had two look at the large shot to see what it was. good for you for seeing it. with good detail and colour. TFS. excellent notes very interesting.
Nick. have a good sunday.

Hi Arjun,

impressive view! Nice perspective through th tunnel



Hi Arjun,
What I like about this shot is the sharpness of the spider and the "fuzziness" of the tunnel. Perhaps some would prefer that both were sharp, but, to me, the fuzzy tunnel adds to the composition and depth. Well done! Good informative not, as well. TFS

Hi Arjun!

I like this photograph a lot. You visited Mr. Spider at his home. Great shot!


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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2007-12-27 9:28]

Hi Arjun

This is an original picture of this spider. Love the pose of him, and your point of view trough the tunnel.

Thanks for sharing and the notes.


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