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Thomisus onustus 3

Thomisus onustus 3
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-26
Categories: Spiders
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-09-07 5:01
Viewed: 2969
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thomisus onustus Walckenaer, 1805. A female on Foeniculum vulgare.

Thomisus onustus is a crab spider species in the family Thomisidae. It shows an extreme sexual dimorphism both in size and coloration, also in comparison with other crab spiders. The adult males reach a body length of only 24 millimeters, while females are 710 millimeters long. This species is characterized by the prominent rear corners of the opisthosoma.
Females are very variable in colour. Their basic colour can be white, yellow or pink. In males the basic colour of the prosoma varies from yellow brown to dark brown, the opisthosoma may be yellow and green or brown.
As a matter of fact these crab-spiders hide themselves adapting the colour of their body to the colour of the flowers on which they are waiting for prey.
Thomisus onustus has a Palearctic distribution from Great Britain and Portugal in the West to Japan in the East. North-south distribution extends from Sweden to South Africa and from Siberia to Central Java, including temperate and tropical ecozone.

In Cyprus Thomisus onustus is a common and widespread species.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-09-07 5:15]

A magnificent point of view,to see the body like another face uver the face..ehehe.very impressive macro whit the usual great details and colors,i like it!! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Christodoulos. Impressive! Superb professional job MF! Perfect detaisl and wonderful colours with best management of the light.


Hello Christodoulos,
what a camouflage! very impressive picture with crystal clear detail and great colour.
best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-09-07 6:41]

Hello Christodoulos,
This is perfect camouflage.
Great macro in splendid colours and fantastic sharpness and details. Beautiful matching background.

Hi Christodoulos,
what an interesting spider. Amazing yellow colours. Perfect composition.
Have a nice weekend,

hello Christodoulos
Great macro with very good sharpness
the colours and light are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hello Christodoulos,
An excellent macro with fine colors, details & sharpness. Well composed & presented with a nice POV. TFS & best wishes!


Hello Chris,

Hope you are doing fine. I am back to your shots after a long time but in the meanwhile you have commented on a number of my photos and I stand deeply obliged for that.
What a shot! This is simply amazing, the camouflage is almost perfect, the colours are so very exquisite and that false face of the crab spider is so wonderful. They are great masters of stealth. The focus here is perfect so are the details.Any insect can take it for a flower....amazing! And one must praise you for spotting it there and also for photographing it so perfectly....smile.
Thanks a lot for sharing a marvellous photo, friend....take care....warmest regards/Abid

Ciao Christodoulos, great macro of lovely crab spider. beautiful blurry BG, fantastic details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

vey nice picture, good focus, but the best is the colorscheme used ;)


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-09-07 12:31]

Hi Christodoulos,
It's simply fantastic shot. Fantastic point of view.
Excellent colours with excellent details.
Gorgeous background.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Christodoulos,
Amazing how this crab spiders can camouflage themselves changing the colors of the body in the color of the flower where they hide for the prey......I meet several crab spiders in my region and they have pink, white and yellow colors.....Very interesting!

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-09-07 14:39]

Another great macro. The yellow color is usually very difficult, but you did a excellent work. The light is totally controlled and we can se all the details and textures of the spider and the flower. Great macro. Congratulation. Un saludo.

great camouflage, TFS Ori

Giasou Christodoule
Perfectly matched spider and flower colours.
Good point of view, excellent detail and focus.
regards yiannis

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-09-08 6:07]

Bonjour Christodoulos,
Another superb picture of a Crab-spider. Amazing to see the perfect camouflage these species are able to adopt. Beautiful square framing and fine colors.
Kind regards

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-09-08 7:53]

Excellent demonstration of the crab-spider camouflage abilities. Excellent pic!

Have a pleasant weekend,


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-09-09 1:26]

Hello Christodoulos,
What a wonderful demonstration in camouflage attire this little guy is giving us. Great macro shot giving us a superb close-up view of it's unique features and colorfully marked body. Well done!!

Hi Christodoulos,
Wonderful light and beuatiful natural colours. Very nice details and sharp. Excellent POV.

Hi Christodoulos
Very very beautiful macro shot
Very nice and lovely Yellow color on this spider and flower
All the best

Hello Christodoulos

Excellent photo and amazing camouflage of this insect,
great focus, sharpness, details, contrast, TFS


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