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Walking Spider

Walking Spider
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Copyright: Mike Muizebelt (Mousehill) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 64 N: 183] (754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax *ist DS, Pentax FA* 200/4.0 macro
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Spider [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-19 6:29
Viewed: 6014
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This little spider is to my knowledge a young orb weaver, commonly found in gardens. This little fellow was taking a walk along one of the wooden posts of the garden shed.
I've put the lens the 1:1 magnification and made the photo handheld with a flash mounted on the side to freeze camera shake. Image is slightly cropped to get a larger magnification.

Few of us fail to marvel at the beauty of the web structures created by spiders. None is more perfectly engineered than that of the Orb Weaver (Family Epeiridae). Regular in form; these flat, slightly curved sheets of sticky filaments with the zigzag pattern in the center of the web are seldom seen today. Once, Orb weavers were a common sight in vacant fields and hedgerows to those who worked the farm lands or hiked among tall grasses.

The brilliant yellow and black agiope is a large plump Orb Weaver spider. Its long front legs are tipped with feet that have three claws. Argiopes spend much of the time hanging upside down in the center of its web across the zigzag bands. These bands strengthen the net webs. The argiope will hold several of the elastic sticky lines of the web when it is in its corner retreat; vibrations are felt when an insect is entangled in the web. The argiope will quickly dart toward the snared prey. Wrapped in a silken shroud, the prey may be devoured on the spot or stored for a later feast.

Spiders consume vast amounts of insects. Some, such as the Orb Weavers, are used in instinctive behavior research.

Look for the Orb Weaver webs on dew covered grasses during early morning walks

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  • Great 
  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-09-19 6:41]

Excellent composition and details .
TFS Libor

  • Great 
  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-09-19 7:14]

What a beautiful and interesting spider that you have well captured ! I like the simple composition and pretty presentation ! Thanks for sharing Mike.

Very Nice cadre and composition . This is a great!

Wow - I love the way you can almost see through him/her.

Brilliant shot!
Excellent POV, great composition.

  • Great 
  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-09-19 13:14]

Świetna kompozycja i doskonałe detale,
Fantastycznie zrobione.

Great shot Mike,
Excellent detail, sharpness and composition. The colours and exposure are very good. excellent POV.
Thanks for posting, have a good day

Interesting composition Mike..Well done!

Dangerously Beautiful!

Lovely capture, Mike. I am just back from my vacation and have lots of photos to check out and edit. I will supply a proper critique later.

Great POV but would have loved to see the eyes/face though.

prachtig Mike,
even in je archief gesnuffeld en deze gevonden. Buitengewoon mooie compositie, good in pov, with realy super details, very nice dof, very good job,
groet Jaap

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