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Colourful Predator

Colourful Predator
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Copyright: Victor Mukherjee (vmukherjee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 0 N: 123] (1472)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-16
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Olympus Sp 510uz
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-25 7:15
Viewed: 3962
Points: 6
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The orb-weaver spiders (family Araneidae) are the builders of spiral wheel-shaped webs often found in gardens, fields and forests. The family is a large one, including over 2800 species in over 160 genera worldwide, making it the third largest family of spiders known (behind Salticidae and Linyphiidae). The oldest known orb-weaving spider is Mesozygiella dunlopi, with specimens in amber dating from the Early Cretaceous.

Generally, orb-weaving spiders are three-clawed builders of flat webs with sticky spiral capture silk. The building of a web is an engineering feat, begun when the spider floats a line on the wind to another surface. The spider secures the line and then drops another line from the center, making a "Y". The rest of the scaffolding follows with many radii of non-sticky silk being constructed before a final spiral of sticky capture silk. The third claw is used to walk on the non-sticky part of the web. Characteristically, the prey insect that blunders into the sticky lines is stunned by a quick bite and then wrapped in silk. If the prey is a venomous insect, such as a wasp, wrapping may precede biting.

For detailed information please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orb-weaver_spider

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Hi Victor
This if perfect capture with excellent shot, sharpness and details. POV and composition great as like coloration.


Hi Victor,
Predators are always very colourful (joke).
Sharp macro to show the intricate colours of this beautiful spider. Very nice capture. TFS.
- Nirmal

bonjour victor
tres bien!
les couleurs ressortent bien,l'araignée est nettes d'un bout a l'autre des pattes.
c'est reussi.

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