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Pisaura Mirabilis

Pisaura Mirabilis
Photo Information
Copyright: Wendy Torenvliet (Lyanna) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 29 W: 7 N: 65] (218)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-08
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-04-08 15:44
Viewed: 4316
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Pisaura Mirabilis is also sometimes called Nursery Web Spider (Kraamwebspin in Dutch). The name is derived from the female's habit to carry the eggsac around in her mandibles until the eggs are ready to hatch. At that point she builds a nursery web in which the eggs can hatch, and which she guards vigorously.

These spiders can be found on low vegetation in spring, and often live close to water. They can become fairly big, and have a habit to catch tiny fish by putting one paw in the water, hoping to attract aquatic life.

Pisaura Mirabilis is easily recognised by the typical stance (four front legs outstretched forwards), and the yellow striping on the head. They vary from lightbrown to dark gray.

Picture taken in my backyard, near the pond.
Crop, slight increase in saturation and border.
Closeup added in the workshop

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The spider is 'framed' by the shape of the leaf...I like that.
You captured the 'typical stance' and addressed it, making that information even more interesting.
Also the photo makes identification easy. I think that's important with these photos.

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