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Tegenaria domestica

Tegenaria domestica
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-03
Categories: Spiders
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-01 6:38
Viewed: 5018
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This spider is one most people in Europe and I see it now has a hold in the North America and I dare say else where too , knowing how wild life in association with man gets around.
Tegenaria domestica the House Spider most often seen ether in the bath or sink where they go to find water or running across the floor in the evening on hunting expeditions, both for food and the males looking for mates. a large spider by UK standards upto 11cm across the legs.
This one is seen in my potting shed at work and here funnel web home and trap is covered in tiny bits of potting compost, (the little yellow ball is a pellet of plant fertiliser and is about 3mm across)
It was quiet a large web about 18ins. / 45cm front to back an is made up of a funnel area which starts in a hole or confined area like here between the wall and the leg of the bench, and is where she spends most of her time. From this spreads out sheets of webbing attached to all the surrounding surfaces to form a platform suspended in the air but connected to all the surrounding surfaces , so that any crawling and flying insects have access to the trap. She feels the intruders on the web and dashes out and grabs them and retreats into her burrow to feed in peace.
Looking at the layer of web she must renew the top layer at regular intervals because the web was 2-3ins. / 50 - 75mm thick.

Again this is another from the Hard drive back cat. and I had to spend time trying to get the image to stand out as the colours as you can see are very similar, so it was a matter of trying to make the spider stand out a little more with-out destroying the colour integrity of the image.
For Adjustments see addition section in Disscussions as I ran out of space . please look worth a read I think?

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Hello Robert, another fine capture. Great sharpness, excellent POV and composition. As always, a great note too. Great work, very well done. Thanks for posting.

Happy New Year Robbert, you've written a very good note here and the image is very nice also. I've seen the spider before, but had no clue about it's web till this post. To me the spider stands out just right and you've succeeded in adjusting as far as I'm concerned.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-01-02 8:02]

Hello Rob good shot of this spider in her natural environemnt. I would like to add that I would only go so far as Tegenaria sp for the ID. There are 11 UK species in this genus and possible hybrids and in most cases need a microscope to examine their sexual organs. Good shot.

It is a very difficult situation as you mentioned Robert. I find the PP note you added interesting and think you did very well to get the result. I like the funnel leading to the left. Well done.

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