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Wasp spider

Wasp spider
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Copyright: Nikos Biliouris (novaman) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 11 N: 264] (1037)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-20
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Spider, Argiope bruennichi [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-21 14:07
Viewed: 5198
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Argiope bruenichii.

Female wasp spiders are 11-15mm and males are 4-5mm. The females are distinctively marked with a silvery thorax and black, yellow and white striped abdomen, but the males are pale brown.
This species occurs around the Mediterranean sea and their range extends as far north as Scandinavia.
They live in long grass and low vegetation. Because the egg sac is made on grass leaves, this spider can only become established where grass is not regularly managed. But this spider does occasionally turn up in barley fields.
Wasp spiders hunt flying insects and grasshoppers. Experiments have shown that they are also capable of dealing with the fearsome bombardier beetle. The bombardier beetle can produce a blast of hot chemicals from the tip of its abdomen. By wrapping the beetle in silk, the spider can immobilise it from a safe distance.
Wasp spiders build an orb web with a vertical zigzag pattern of silk in it called a stabilimentum. The purpose of the stabilimentum is unclear but it is thought that it helps attract insects. Previous theories have suggested that the stabilimentum makes the web more stable or deters birds flying through the large webs.
The male is much smaller than the female. He waits at the edge of the female's web until she has shed her skin to become mature. He then takes advantage of the fact that the female's jaws are soft to mate with her in safety. Many males, however, are eaten while mating.
The notes it's from anothere meber of TN .

Canon 20D + Sigma 150mm + Sigma EF-500 DG super.
Photoshop, sharpnes + saturation.

halki, logios, lucky, PDP, sway, dew77, Xalkida has marked this note useful
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  • Great 
  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-21 14:38]

Hello Nikos!
Very nice capture.POV,colours,details and composition are great.
Thanks for posting...

This is a great macro, Nikos.
The POV and compostions a rever good. The details and the colours too.
It's well seen against the OOF BG.
You did a excellent work.

Hälsa till din fru.

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-21 15:59]

That is a very exciting shot, Nikos, full of drama and tension. Very well done with excellent focus, exposure, colors, POV, and composition. Congratulations and TFS. : )

Εξαιρετική φωτογραφία Νίκο. Πολύ σωστή χρωματική επιλογή φόντου σε σχέση με το κυρίως θέμα. Πολύ καλή στιγμή της λήψης όπω ςκαι αποδοση των χρωμάτων. Αριστο αποτέλεσμα.

  • Great 
  • lucky Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 63 W: 5 N: 14] (84)
  • [2005-08-21 17:16]

Excellent macro, the picture has a lot of action, sharpness and colours are good...
Very well done!

  • Great 
  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-08-21 17:53]

Excellent macro!
Very sharp and detailed image, great colour and great composition.

  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-21 18:20]

Hi Nikos, very good shot. I love the action and the POV is very good. I bet she got that bug out of her web pretty quick, either that or she wrapped it up and never ate it?

Good details and colours, very well done.

  • Great 
  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-08-22 0:33]

HI Nikos,
Great shot.
Very clear and Great composition.
The OOF BG works well with the light area just in the right place to let the spider show up.
Well done

  • Great 
  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-22 5:25]

Hello Nikos!
Great close up.Lighting,crisp clear details,sharpness,colors,POV and composition are perfect.Very well done!TFS...:-)

Ακόμα μία εξαιρετική φωτογραφία και πολύ όμορφα τεκμηριωμένο note! Μπράβο!

  • Great 
  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-09-21 5:38]

Great moment you have captured.
Great composition, very well sharpned.
I like it very much.
Well done.

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