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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-07
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-W5
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-13 3:55
Viewed: 3515
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot shows us the bright orange coloured stomach of Argiope and the artistically designed web decoration.

The genus Argiope includes rather large and spectacular spiders that have often a strikingly coloured abdomen. These are well distributed throughout the world, and most countries in temperate or warmer climates have one or more species, which look similar.

In North America, Argiope aurantia is known as the black and yellow garden spider. In England, Argiope bruennichi, where it is found only on the southern coast, and in other parts of Europe, including Germany, is also known as the wasp spider. The East Asian species Argiope amoena is known in Japan as kogane-gumo. In Australia, Argiope keyserlingi and A. aetherea are known as St Andrews Cross spiders, for its habit of resting in its web with its legs outstretched in the shape of an X, the traditional shape of the cross of St. Andrew. The large white zigzag in the centre of its web is called the stabilimentum or web decoration and its function is controversial. In the eastern United States, Argiope species, especially A. aurantia, are more commonly known as writing spiders, due to the unique patterns that they build in their webs.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
Genus: Argiope
Diversity: 78 species

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Belle et bien nette,la toile est superbe. Thomas

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-11-14 3:20]

Beautiful capture of the web, Sumon.
I like how you framed it so that the thick white bands correspond to the diagonals of the picture. Great contrast against the dark BG.
TFS. : )

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-30 10:52]

Hi Sumon,
Excellent photo of this wonderful web. I like a lot the zigzap and the spider located with its legs on them. Excellent sharpness and exposure.
TFS, JosÚ M.

Very Nice framing and background!

Hello again!
and again I have to say that this is a very interesting presentation! :)
What is especially interesting for me in this photo is symetrical point of view ;)
Details are really good, every cell of spider's web is well seen.
Best greetings,

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-06-03 13:21]

Hola Mana, una composici˛n perfecta incrementaste el color oscuro del fondo para que resalte la silueta de la ara˝a, perfecto. Sira

Great image of the adult Argiope. I've been waiting for your daily post and gave up, deciding instead to go through your older photos.
Great composition - the X of the web and spider. :)

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