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Wasp, Too

Wasp, Too
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/2.7, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Spider, 40-49 Points (Chapter 6), Argiope bruennichi [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-18 3:37
Viewed: 4526
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday wasp, today Wasp Spider. I took this picture during our trip to thorny hills in Obzor, Bulgaria. To be honest I didn't saw this little gem :-) My wife found it and let me to take few pictures of her trophy :-) Day was incredible hot and we didn't stay in this place for long. I left bottom part of image because it shows well characteristic structure of spider's net.

Genus Argiope
Species bruennichi
Wasp spider

The common name of this beautiful spider is wasp spider. This spider is, like all orb-weavers, not poisonous for us.
The adult female has a shining silvery cephalothorax (head) and a yellowish abdomen with black and white bars across it.
The adult female is much larger than the male. The male measures between 4 and 6 mm while the female has a full grown size between 14 - 17 mm.
When the female is loaded with eggs she can become enormous in size.
Argiopes can be easily identified by the zigzag of white silk in their webs. Like all orb-weavers, they have ringed legs.
The function of the zigzag of white silk in their web is not clear. There are several ideas what the purpose may be.
It may be used to attract insects because it is radiating UV-light and that attract insects. Another explanation is that it is to frighten predators. The spider shakes the web vigorously when something large is approaching and that result in a blurry white spot.
Another explanation can be that the spider makes the web clear to see and that should avoid large animals to destroy the web.

More on - http://www.xs4all.nl/~ednieuw/Spiders/Araneidae/Argiope/ArgiopeBruennichi.htm

TAZ, dew77, ddg, Eko, wallhalla15, Janice, cedryk, Runnerduck, Phoki, Deepforest, carper, thistle, extramundi, hummingbird24, Luc, Comandante, marhowie has marked this note useful
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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-18 4:12]

What a beautiful Argiope Bruennichi that you have very well captured because of Joanna ;-) When I see grass in BG, it seems that you turned picture of 180°... Congratulations Greg and TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-18 4:13]

Hello Greg!
Very nice capture.Lighting,clear details,POV,sharpness and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Very nice shot of the arachnid! Paul :)

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-18 4:50]

Grzegorz bonjour,splendid Argiope with these beautifull yellow colors on abdomen. What a pity, the zigzag (stabilimentum in Fench) is injured !!Any way very good work. Congratulations Didier.

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  • Eko Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 187 W: 10 N: 38] (121)
  • [2005-10-18 4:54]
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Hi Greg!
Wonderful close up.Colors,POV,details and framing are beautiful.Thanks for posting.

Hi Greg, excellent spider picture and Christian´s eyes are excellent too. ;-)
I like this kind of wasp.
This is an excellent Picture. Great colours, excellent sharpness and great POV. A very nice composition. Well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-18 5:55]

I will say it once, but only for this spider - Pretty Spider Greg! The spider, not you!
It is a bright looking beast, isn't it? Good shot of it, well done.
Still resting up? How are you now?

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-18 6:47]

Good picture Greg. Well composed and good POV. Dof is excellent too. I like the yellow color. Well done & TFS!


Another very interesting thing about this spider is that 15-20 years ago it was very rare north of the Carpathian Mts and regarded to be a typical Southern Europe species. Just recently it started to spread and colonize new territories, reaching even Scandinavian Peninsula. Why - nobody knows for sure but most probably it has a lot to do with cilmat warming. In Poland it's very common now. Nice classic spider shot. TFS! Michal

This is a great image, with the zig zag web just in shot. A really sharp image, lots of detail and strong colours.
Looks like she's enjoying a snack.
Thanks for posting.

I remember this creature on the hill ;-)

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  • Phoki Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 21] (284)
  • [2005-10-18 7:52]

I hope you enjoyed your vacation!I like all your pic,not only the ones taken in my country;-))

swietnie, z detalami pokazany tygrzyk, w ciekawym oswietleniu, naturalne kolory. Pozdrawiam!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-18 12:37]

nice wasp too shot Greg,
very nice composition, good pov and nice dof and for all a very good note too very good job,
gr. jaap

Nice shot Greg,
Very sharp and clear detail. excellent colours and nicely composed.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Greg, this is a very pretty spider. Nice details and composition. Excellent DOF obtained with such a value, maybe a bit short on the front legs. The details are very clear. Thanks very much my friend.
PD: Did you receive the "Lodz square" shot I sent?

Well done Greg!

She is a beauty and you have managed a great capture of her.

I seem to only get spiders whose undersides are shown to me, but their tops I cannot get to photograph.

Next year I will get an earlier start and we shall see.

This one is superb, I can't believe I said that...

I thank you for sharing it with me, ( and on the same day as mine!)

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-18 20:55]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent. Not easy to get the eyes of the beast.
Power of evocation in me: strong.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Greg. Nice work!

Hello Greg!
Wonderful spider capture.Lighting,details and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

Very good capture Greg. Great colors, details and sharpness. Well done on the notes. Thank You my friend.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-10-19 11:22]

Fajne makro Grzegorz, doskonała jakość.
Moze trochę zbyt ciasny kadr (czepiam się).

Lovely shot Greg!
Superb quality and very natural colours. The fact you rotated the photo is a bit disturbing for me cause I used to seeing it hanging with head down.
Anyway, it's very interesting post and it's a spder so :) well deserved here ;)
I like it very much.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-04-27 4:48]

Greg Just really like it. The way it is standing and holding the web. Amazing shot.

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