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|Argiope lobata Pallas 1772|
Argiope lobata is the largest spider on Crete and is frequently found in our valleys and other vegetated areas. Its abdomen is striped with alternating black and yellow lines. It is not smooth but has a jagged appearance and has deep furrows (see in picture). This trait is what gives this spider the name of “lobata”. The females, which are much larger than the males, have a body length of around 25mm. Here it is underside of abdomen of a female.
As all spiders do, this specimen possesses glands within its abdomen capable of secreting a fluid which hardens and forms silky threads. These filaments are spun into beautiful webs. Webs act as nets to capture prey, as a mode of transport and to safeguard them from falling. The large webs of the Lobed Argiope are spherical, slightly inclined and have a prominent zig-zag web-decoration. It is thought that this particular web-pattern plays the dual role of attracting prey and possibly even preventing its destruction by larger animals.
The Lobed Agriope poisons its prey, which are mainly insects, before eating them. However, like for most other spiders, this venom is non-toxic to us humans.
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Ciao Nikos, great macro of lovely spider, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Beautiful picture of this agriope specie
i like this spider
thanks gr lou
- [2015-09-15 3:38]
Excellent shot on this spider. The detail is very sharp. Good contol on the DOF with a nicely blurred backround. Well done! Regards Sigi
Splendid photo of a interesting and colorful spider. Stunning clarity and focus.
Beautiful spider... well captured. I like its details and sharpness. Nice to see your posted pictures are getting better; mainly I like noiseless/not busy BG too. Good work....
Thanks for sharing,
- [2015-09-15 8:59]
Hi Nikos,great solution using the flash and fantastic result,the quality of sharpness is the best as possible,a great capture of this curious spider,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano