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Lynx Spider

Lynx Spider
Photo Information
Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-18 5:49
Viewed: 2290
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Lynx Spider I am posting from my archives was really very tiny. I shot it using my macro lens 105mm from a close distance. Still, this was the biggest I could get. At PP stage, lot of noise appeared in the image which I tried to remove using Gaussian Blur. I know I have done a sloppy job of it, but then the temptation to upload this creature was irresistible. So here it is.

Lynx Spiders are the members of the family Oxyopidae. They all are hunting spiders that spend their lives on plants, flowers and shrubs. At least one species has been identified as exhibiting social behaviour.

Description and Habits

There are several genera and they tend to differ in their habits and adaptations. For example most Oxyopes and Hamataliwa species are small to medium in size; they tend to be drab and especially the latter tend to be ambush hunters in ways resembling the crab spiders (Thomisidae). Some occupy flowers and wait for pollinating insects, whereas others lie in wait on plant stalks or bark. The Peucetia species on the other hand, commonly are larger, vivid green, and rangy; they are active runners and leapers. Oxyopidae in general rely on keen eyesight in stalking, chasing, or ambushing prey, and also in avoiding enemies. Six of their eight eyes are arranged in a hexagon-like pattern, a characteristic that identifies them as members of the family Oxyopidae. The other two eyes are smaller and generally situated in front and below the other six.

The Oxyopidae also have spiny legs, and in many species those legs, augmented by the spines, seem to be used as a sort of catching-basket in trapping flying insects.

Common genera in the United States include Oxyopes the common lynx spiders and Peucetia the green lynx spiders.

Some members of the genus Oxyopes are abundant enough to be important in agricultural systems as biological control agents. This is especially true of the striped lynx spider (Oxyopes salticus).

A member of the genus Tapinillus is remarkable as being one of the few social spiders, living in colonies.


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hello Ram
very good composition on this leave
great details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

hi Ram,
yes i had seen this spider on the other day! just didn't know the ID. thanks for sharing it. sharpness is a bit low, but good angle of taking this shot.

Ciao Ram, great macro of fantastic spider, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ram,

Hope you are well, enjoying many charms of spring. It is getting hotter here on the plains of Damaan. This is quite a wonderful shot of this shrewd predator of our gardens and lawns.I see nothing wrong with it, it is quite sharp and perfectly focused. Thanks for sharing ...take care...warmest regards/Abid

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-18 11:14]

Hello Ram,
Very nice capture with perfect POV . Superb sharpness and great details and colors. Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-18 12:27]

Hello Ram,
Excellent photo of this Lynx Spider in good sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Very good POV and composition. The frame is a bit to heavy for me, but that's personal.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-03-18 12:38]

Hi Ran,the perfect pic for an encyclopedia of spiders,i like your choice of point of view and the total sharpness on the little spider,perfect colors and light balance too.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hi Ram,
interesting spider. Great photo. Many details. Very good sharpness.
Have a nice week,

a well composed picture with great colour from a good POV.
thank you Mr Thakur for this nice picture.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-03-23 5:40]

Hello Ram,
thanks for your critique. Yes, to snap onto the carpenter bee is so challenging.
The spider is so pretty staying on the soft green leaf.
Exciting view with splendid lighting control.
Love seeing its small details.
Well done.


Hello ram.
Great pose of this long legged Lynx looking at the camera. Finely rendered details with superb natural tone. Nice catch and thanks for sharing.

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