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Aculepeira ceropegia

Aculepeira ceropegia
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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-05-20 4:02
Viewed: 3157
Points: 46
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I still don't know as much about spiders as I would like to know, so again I'm not sure about the ID.

I think this could be Aculepeira ceropegia. I found out that it doesn't have common English name, but sometimes it has been called Oak Spider because of the characteristic marking that looks a bit like oak leaf.

I found it on the field with young wheet. There was plenty of such "hammocks" hung up among the wheet stems and every of them had spider inside.
I took this photo early in the morning and some spiders look as if they were asleep, but when I was getting closer they "woke up" and were trying to escape.

I read somewhere that the "hammock" can be used as a roof under which the spider can hide if the Sun shines too strong.

Let me know if something's wrong with the ID or these infos and I will correct it.

red45, dew77, Comandante, Janice, honza, Fisher, carper, Robbrown, liquidsunshine, Luc, TAZ, marhowie has marked this note useful
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-20 4:09]
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Probably Black Holes looks like this 'hammock' except they're black not white ;-) Great construction and nice to see its builder. Spider looks very good, especially patterns on its back. Oak leaf like, indeed. I like your photo, very high quality, very interesting subject.
Homework - how big it was ;-) ?

Very sympathetic this photo with this spider in the white web.
Bravo !

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-20 4:26]

Hello Monica!
Superb close-up.Lighting,BG,details and composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

Hello Monica!
Very nice shot with clear details.I liked BG,lighting and composition very much.Thanks for sharing.

I donnot recall to have seen such nests anywhere, quite amazing, the photo is a little oversharp from ther post-procesing, it makes the spider look "transplanted" ...Still, well worth the points .
It is indeed an Aculepeira ceropegia or Oak Spider or Kołosz wielobarwny or Epeire des bois (French) or Paianjen cu cruce (Romanian).

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-20 5:10]

Good close up of the spider Monika. The web looks good against teh green BG. Spider is nicely patterned too. Well shown.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-05-20 5:32]

Nice spider Monika. Very good composition and colors, perfect focus and background.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-20 6:16]

Good photo Monika! The green BG is perfect and the details on both the spider and the web are razorsharp. Really well exposed and composed. No nits form me. TFS!


Very good close-up, with an artistic touch on top. Green, black and white, with spider contrasting in the hammock work very well in your composition. New spider to me! Thanks for sharing, Monika.

Wow, colors are stunning! Very good shot, excellent contrast! Well done.

Excelent shot, Monika
Well done on this composition and details.


Perfeita macro.
Cores e detalhes perfeitos.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-05-20 10:19]

nice againe monika,
very good capture in a good composition. the pov is good and the dof is exelent, very good job, it's a nice photo,
gr. Jaap

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-05-20 16:24]

Witaj Moni,
ale¶ go capnê³a. Bardzo fajny paj±k z dobr± ostro¶ci± i ³adnymi kolorami. Dobre zielone, rozmyte t³o. Dobra robota.

Nice capture Monika, both the spider and its web are well seen TFS

A great shot Monika,
Perfect framing, well detailed, great colours and composition.
That's a stunning web, thanks for posting

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-21 3:14]

Hello Monika.
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-21 3:47]

Belle et intéressante composition macro-photographique bien réalisée pour cette araignée dans son nid. Jolies couleurs bien saturées et bonne netteté.
The pictures with your camera are really great ! Congratulations Monika !!!

Hello Monika, Very nice web shot with a great contrasting BG..Good details and colors with the spider well seen. Well done and TFS!

ciekawie dostrzeżone i świetnie wykonane

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  • Pedda Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
  • [2005-05-28 15:48]

Hi Monica,

It's a well exposured and sharp picture that I really like. Great composition and DOF as well.

Thanks for sharing

Wow, this is just art, what a beauty, also is the combination of the white and soft green, wonderful !
I see a funny sign in the right-bottom with every pic too, nice !

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-04-26 18:07]


Ciekawe ujecie, piekna kolorystka i ostrosc.
Podoba sie bardzo.


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