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I Need Something Warmer

I Need Something Warmer
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-01
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-28 9:36
Viewed: 3511
Points: 24
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After heavy snowfall I really need something warmer. This tiny crab spider in orange camouflage is perfect for cold winter, I think.

Crab spiders or Thomisidae family of the Araneae order. They are called crab spiders because they resemble crabs, with two front pairs of legs angled outward and bodies that are flattened and often angular. Also, like crabs, Thomisidae can move sideways or backward.

Crab spiders do not build webs to trap prey, but are hunters and ambushers. Some species sit on or among flowers, bark, fruit or leaves where they grab visiting insects. Individuals of some species, such as Misumena vatia, are able to change color between white and yellow to match the flower on which they're sitting. Other species, with their flattened bodies, hunt in the crevices of tree trunks or under loose bark. Members of the genus Xysticus hunt in the leaf litter on the ground. In each case, crab spiders use their powerful front legs to grab and hold onto prey while paralyzing it with a venomous bite.

The spider family Aphantochilidae was incorporated into the Thomisidae in the late 1980s. Aphantochilus species mimic Cephalotes ants, on which they prey.

The spiders of Thomisidae are not known to be harmful to humans. However, spiders of an unrelated genus, Sicarius, which are sometimes referred to as "crab spiders", are close cousins to the recluse spiders, and are highly venomous.

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Hi Greg,
yes, I also need warmer days ... but you sunny shot helps a little ;-)
A pretty yellow crab-spider, I like it.
I also had one in my garden last summer, only saw them in white before.
Thanks for yours, warm greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-28 9:44]

Hello Grzegorz1
What a great yellow capture!
Very sharp details, colors are amazing!

Hi Greg
Wonderful this yellow capture!
The lovely flower is amazing and the little spider is the bonus1
Congratulation for this shot!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-28 11:55]

Hallo Grzegorz,
To cieplem promieniujace zdjecie pomaga mi na chwile zapomniec ,ze mamy zime.
Bardzo ladna kompozycja i prezentacja tego pajaka ktory przybral kolor kwiatu.Pozdrawiam Siggi

Hello Grzegorz,
Great chose to warmer this cold winter! Perfect composition and sharpness. This crab spider is in the position to wait for its prey! Cheers,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-28 12:41]

Hello Greg,
Thanks for this warm image that brightens up the bleak winter! The little yellow Crab spider looks really good on the orange flower. Excellent sharpness and an excellent composition!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Hi Grzegorz.

Crab spiders are very beautiful models for taking artistic photos. You have done it very well my friend. Bravo and TFS.


Hi Grzegorz,
Splendid setting to achieve contrast and to appreciate fully the spider on the petal. Great cut and vertical composition. Very appropriate.

Hi Greg

The spider is trying hard to imitate the colour of the flower. Good composition, sharpness, details and POV. But it got me thinking, what happens to the spiders in your cold winters?, I assume they die? How do the eggs survive through the long winter? Now you have some research to do - ha ha.


Ciao Grzegorz, great macro with a tiny mimetyc crab spider, fantastic details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hallo Greg
10/10 for the warm and bright colours of this fine macro, and another 10/10 for the clear and sharp details on both the flower and the spider. And 5/10 for the half of a fly we can see at the bottom in the right hand corner. Ha-ha. An overall pleasing image with warm and inviting colours. It definitely warmed up this rainy day in Empangeni.Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Excellent capture, Grzegorz, it's amazing how these little critters will adapt their colour to the surroundings so as to stay inconspicuous.

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