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In the dark of night

In the dark of night
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Copyright: Philippe Moniotte (pgmoni) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-14
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700
Exposure: f/8
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Araneae (Spiders) II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-16 10:23
Viewed: 4166
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Nuctenea umbratica or "She who likes the shadows of night" (poetic translation) is a good descriptive name for this araneidae spider. It's only well after sunset that you have a chance to see it, weaving its orb web or waiting for a prey. As soon as light falls upon it, it retreats in the tiny crevice where it spends the day.
This one (a female) is missing a leg, but you can see (posterior left, at the right of the image) one of them raised to contact the telegraph wire that connects it to its web.
It was 11:00 pm and 1 degree centigrade when the picture was shot.
The colour pattern of this species is rather variable, some specimens being jet-black all over, and some much paler than this one.
The head-down pose is the right one, btw, even though you might think that head-up is more photogenic ;°)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-03-16 10:32]

Wonderful macro shot!Composition,BG,details and your note are great...I'm not sure about the photogenic part,she looks like a little bit scary to me;) TFS

Yes I like this macro shot Phillipe,
very good details in the photo,.The capture is very good, I have made a simple WS I hope you like it, very good job

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-16 16:00]

Hi Philippe. This is great. I have loads of these in the garden, I have tried and tried to get a nice shot - especially of the head but have never had great results due to their nocturnal habits. There is a particulary big one outside my backdoor and I'm pleased to see that tonight (with the warmer temps) she and the others are back. Excellent shot. Thanks for posting.

I will try and get a picture of the underside to get those lovely yellow spots. :-)

Great macro shot!
Good job Philippe. I hope to write notes like you!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-03-16 22:45]

Trés bonne photo bien exposé avec de belles couleurs. La netteté et l'éclairage sont parfaites. J'aimes bien les couleurs du bois qui fait toute la différence dans cettecomposition.

Félicitations !

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  • vero Silver Star Critiquer [C: 44 W: 8 N: 16] (342)
  • [2005-03-17 15:59]

Belle macro! Je préfère voir cette araignée sur TN que dans ma maison!

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  • gpepp Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 26] (97)
  • [2005-03-18 16:58]

I like spiders. This is nice, but the sharpness is not so good and the light disturb me on the back of the spider.

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