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Larinioides sclopetarius

Larinioides sclopetarius
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Copyright: Jean Loup Castaigne (jloup) Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 30] (131)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-10
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX 100 Macro, RAW @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/11, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-04 10:59
Viewed: 11484
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After a long day visiting the countryside near Freiburg, we went to visit an old water mill. Close to the water weels, a bunch of 6 spiders were standing in the middle of their web and one was busy fixing its web. This one was the biggest one. I'm not good at all with spider taxonomy but I think that it might be Larinioides sclopetarius after looking at Ed Nieuwenhuys excellent website. He says that "The Larinioides sclopetarius tends to live on man-made steel objects and is seldom found on vegetation". I confrim this with this observation. He also mentions: "I found this spider in the dunes on a steel lock. The spider can be black and white but there are also brown variants."

Genus: Larinioides Caporiacco, 1934
Species: Larinioides sclopetarius (Clerck, 1757)
Family Common Name: orbweavers
Species Common Name: bridge orbweaver
This spider has a velvety appearance and is found in the vicinity of water. It seems to be a nocturnal orb-web spider that is either found in the hub or in the retreat

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1078 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-08-04 12:52]
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Hallo Jean,
this is a fascinating picture underlining the structures and outlines of the spider against the dark background. This is clearly Larinoides sclopetarius. You will find a similar picture to yours in Bellmman H (1997) Kosmos Atlas Spinnentiere Europas. - Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-04 17:12]
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Great shot - this beats my spider shot. Lovely details, sharp and with an amazing POV. I love the dark background and the off-centre composition

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2008-09-19 22:18]

Excellent specimen with good details. Certainly deserves more points than you received. Good job!

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