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Wasp spider (Argiope bruennichi)

Wasp spider (Argiope bruennichi)
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Copyright: Martina Koloska (electra) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 0 N: 148] (679)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix 4900Z
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/280 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-31 13:17
Viewed: 9612
Points: 45
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Wasp Spider (Argiope bruennichi)

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.

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-07-31 13:26]

Interesting shot (spider and POV), good DOF and details. Lovely warm colours, a spider shot that makes it really easy to like them. They are nicely complemented by the light-blue sky BG. A little bit of noise is there, especially at the top (Neat Image could remove that), but it is not very noticeable. Interesting note too, as I had seen the zigzag before and wondered about it.

Dieses Bild ist wieder einmal perfekt.
Der ungewöhnliche Hintergrund in weiß/hellblau bringt sie gut zur Geltung. Ein hübsches Tier, obwohl ich eigentlich Spinnen nicht gerade liebe. Auch die Erklärungen sind sehr aufschlußreich, vielen Dank.
Hier kann man so viel lernen, toll.
Viele Grüße und einen guten Wochenanfang
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-31 14:38]

Martina, I came to know that my most recent post is also a spider - at first, I thought it was another bug.

I do enjoy your picture. The spider is a beautiful one; your picture shows this very well.

Great pov and composition. Dof could be a little better, but that's just an opinion.

Hi Martine
Great capture and excellent BG
In a friendly way Christophe

Hello Electra! Good exposure, details and color in your shot. I like the way you've composed this head down..DOF could be a bit more, bringing the head/eyes in better. Nice shot!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-07-31 15:58]

Great shot Martina! Youre composition and POV is excellent and the image has good sharpness.

Very well done and thanks for posting.

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  • zakiwi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 20 N: 274] (1309)
  • [2005-07-31 16:13]

Hey Martina,

Great shot. Lovely detail - if you like spiders. This is certainly a very nasty looking creature. Well done.

Good shot Martina,
Good sharp detail and good POV. Nicely exposed and superb colours. Good composition.
Well captured, thanks for posting.
Have a good week

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-01 0:42]

Great macro, Martina. Very sharp details, beautiful colors, excellent composition. I like the way the spider is coming down on a slight diagonal. Well done, and TFS. : )

Hi Martina,
Very good composition, great colour, perfect exposure and lighting.

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-01 2:14]

Hi Martina!
Excellent macro!Clear details,colours and light wonderful.
Thanks for posting...

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-01 4:57]

This is one of most beautifull spiders for sure. Very nice composition with sky as a BG. Nice, saturated colours on spider. Good work!

Great capture, well exposed and amazing background provides good contrast. Well done.

Hello Martina,
Very nice shot. I like the composition. The contrast and colours are perfect. Good work and note.
TFS, cordially,

Beautiful colors, beautiful picture congratulations. TFS

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-02 3:30]

What a superb Argiope that you have well captured ! Composition, sky, colors, details and sharpness are great ! Thanks for sharing Martina.

Hello Martina, I like this image. Colours came through well and it looks like the spider is suspended in th eair without anything holding it up. Well scene and well captured, I dont think it was an easy one. Regards, Rob

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-03 17:13]

Hello Martina, nice shot. The composition is very good. I like the placement of the spider in the frame. It's also a great looking spider. I think you have done well with the lighting for the position of the spider. This kind of shot needs a smaller aperture than F4.5., there is a section of the abdomen that is in focus but there isn't enough DOF to get the rest sharp. I appreciate that light is an issue but if you are faced with that it is better to get the head and eyes in focus and let the rest slip out, the head and eyes are always a focal point for us viewers and if they are sharp then the viewers eyes can compensate for the rest.

Well done.

Hello Martina!
Your spider is PERFECT!
Great colours and just amazing composition!

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-08-05 16:23]

Great macro capture Martina.
Amazing Details,colors and sharpness.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-08-11 16:23]

Hi Martina, great shot of spider you got there. Lovely colours... are they happen to be a distance cousin with the tiger? (kidding) :P... excellent composition, DOF and details, I love those texture... very well captured my friend, thanks for sharing

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-14 11:12]

Hi Martina, I have no time to write a decent comment. I give to you the well deserved smily.

Day thought:
"Beauty is its own excuse for being" (Emerson).

Thank you for sharing pictures and notes and for the enjoyment which they give to me.

Great macro shot! The combination of colors almost makes the spider seem translucent. Good composition.

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