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Teutonic Knight

Teutonic Knight
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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: 2008-08-31
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40 - 49 Points (Chapter 12), Best of Canon 400D [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-01 9:22
Viewed: 3740
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This beautifull Aranea diadematus is called in Polish 'Krzyzak'. Krzyzak means knight of the cross and is popular name for Teutonic Knight. By the way Teutonic Knights haven't got 'good press' in Poland. They're well known for every child as lethal foes of our country :-)

The European garden spider (Araneus diadematus) or diadem spider, also called the cross spider in Eastern Europe, is a very common and well-known orb-weaver spider in Western Europe. Araneus diadematus also lives in parts of North America, in a range extending from New England and the Southeast to the Northwestern United States and adjacent parts of Canada.

Individual spiders' colouring can range from extremely light yellow to very dark grey, but all European garden spiders have mottled markings across the back with five or more large white dots forming a cross. The white dots result from cells that are filled with guanine, which is a byproduct of protein metabolism.[1]

The third pair of legs of garden spiders are specialized for assisting in the spinning of orb webs. These spiders also use them to move around on their web without getting stuck. These legs are useful only in the web; while on the ground, these legs are of little value.

Garden spiders have been known to stridulate when threatened.

It is hard to provoke a garden spider to bite - if it does, the bite is slightly unpleasant, though utterly harmless to humans.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-09-01 9:29]

Hello Grzegorz,
wonderful and sharp picture of the spider and its shadow.
Structures appear particularly clear and brilliant.
A very attractive composition and a technically perfect picture.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Grzegorz.
Wonderful macro!
Splendid chromatism and excellent details.
Perfect POV! It is really a beautiful spider!
Congratulations and thanks for sharing!
José Roberto

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-09-01 10:03]

hi grzegorz,
lovely picture of this garden spider.very nice lighting.the shadow has come out very nicely.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-01 10:08]

Hi Greg. This is a first class picture of the Spider. you have sharp focusing and fine detail. good use of the ligjt which has made everythin so clear , with natural colours. very well done TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-01 10:42]

Hallo Grzegorz,
Bardzo pospolity ale tym bardziej interesujacy pajak .Spotkac go mozna naprawde wszedzie .Doskonala ostrosc ,piekne detale piekna prezentacja.
Pozdrawiam Siggi

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-09-01 11:40]

Excellent detail and lighting. Gary

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-09-01 13:46]
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Hi Greg

Another great macro from you, my friend and also a lovely and original presentation of this speceis. I had no idea that one could find a link between the "Cross spider" (as we call it here) and the Teutoni Knigts so fast :)

Your shot is excellent, with a full focus on the spider and excellent DOF to keep all of it in focus.
The details and colors are good, too and therefore the cross on its absomen is clearly visible.
Well done, as usual :)

Bravo and TFS

PS: my next photo is a d-fly again so i hope you didn't think you've won yet? :))

Hi fiend Greg,
Another superb macro shot from your excellent photography and wonderful notes on it.
TFS and cheers,

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2008-09-01 14:32]

Hello Wieko!
Cos mnie w krzyzu dzisiaj lupie ;)
Swietna fota jednego z najpopularniejszych naszych pajakow. Idealnie sie prezentuje na tym lisciu, cien dodaje mocnego wrazenia. Szczegoly itp. oczywiscie perfect :)

Gorgeous shot... love the detailed, and sharp markings on it's abdomen. Also like the earth colors. And the diagonal markings on the leaf adds to the feel of quickness and motion. A true spider crusader set to trap and feed upon the infidel enemies of the garden.


Hello Grzegorz,
beautiful picture of the European garden spider.
Good sharpness and details. I especially like the shadow of the spider. Great composition.
Thanks for sharing

Gidday Grzeggzy,
Nice little spider.
Its hairy little head looks funny to me.
Awesome patterns on the abdomen.
Good sharp image.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-09-01 22:52]

Great shot of the spider Greg. Look at all his details and patterns - well captured - nice and sharp, I'm impressed

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-09-01 23:15]

hmm, nice shot! very natural colors. good focus and details. tfs.

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  • jlynx Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 7 N: 46] (455)
  • [2008-09-02 1:54]

Piękny okaz, znakomicie ustrzelony. Bardzo ładne, neutralne tło z wtopionym w nie listkiem trawy, pozwalającym na ekspozycje pieknego cienia tego Krzyżaka. Niesamowicie dobra jakość ujawnia wiele drobnych szczegółów anatomicznych tego pajaka. Obszerny opis obok ładnie uzupełnia ten znakomity kadr.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-09-02 4:52]

Witaj Grzegorzu,
Widze, ze duzo zebrales p-ktow za pajaka. Przy tym swietle wspaniala ostrosc szczegolow ciala i neutralna zielen tla.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

Hello Grzegorz,

Beautiful capture of this cross spider and its shadow. I like very much the composition. Excellent sharpness. Superb light and colours. The cross spiders are very numerous this year and they begin to be very large here.

Hi Greg,
A nice capture of this beautiful garden spider. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-09-03 9:28]

Hi Greg

A great macro image captured of this lovely spider. The top view gives one a good POV to see and appreciate the design of the markings on the spider's abdomen. I like the composition with the spider taking centre stage and the leaf running at an angle through the image. I don't know what the aperture setting was, but it sure gave you ample space to capture all the lovely details of the little arachnid.

Well done and TFS.

Witaj Grzesiu
Ten potworek tez jest piekny. Widze ze razem z Lukaszem w pajaki idziecie ;-) Dobra ostrosc, fajne ujecie z palka wodna czy jakims tam innym lisciem. Wszystko super

Hallo Greg
Great photography. Stunning image with clear details. The spikes and fine hairs on this spider is so obvious and clear, I will be able to count them if I wanted to. How wonderful is this site to share images, compare them and learn about all the different types of a kind. What a great planet with strange beauties. Your image of the spider is worlds apart from my image of a spider I posted a while ago, but they both remain beauties. Thanks for sharing. Much appreciated.
Kind regards

Grzegorz , dobrze go zlapales w otyczna siec , ze tak sie wyraze , swietne makro!


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