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Cribellate Spider

Cribellate Spider
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Copyright: marie christine guegan (mariki) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-09
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Samsung digimax D103
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Arachnida [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-24 0:41
Viewed: 4760
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Nigma walckenaeri

Dutch name: Groen kaardertje
French name: Dictyne verte

Nigma walckenaeri is a green, cribellate spider up to 5 millimetres long, the biggest of the family Dictynidae. While most of the body is a bit yellowish, the abdomen is shining green, which makes it rather distinct and hard to confuse with other species. Males have an elevated head region. Adults occur from August to October, in buildings up to December. These spiders are mostly found in gardens or on walls (often on big leaves such as lilac or feral grapevine), in warmer regions also on forest edges. The green colour makes it almost invisible. The spider catches insects, sometimes larger than itself, in its web, which it builds on the surface of leaves. Th female hides the up to 7 millimetre long eggsac on a place distant from its retreat.

In Great Britain, it was until 1993 only found from London and the Home Counties. It was possibly originally imported into Kew Gardens.

(source wikipedia)

Perhaps I found an explanation to the picture (male and female together):

The females of this family of spiders are very gentle wiht the males. After mating they often live together for a couple of weeks, until he dies. Only then she will eat him, but not always. (source: gardensafari.net)

I had to increase the contrast quite a bit, otherwise this spider is quite invisible under the web.

Another picture of this spider in WS.

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Hi Marie,
A splendid macro capture of this pair of Cribellate Spider in love. Details, sharpness and notes are great.
TFS and have a nice new week my friend!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-24 2:00]

Bonjour Marie-Christine,
Un posting captivant par le sujet et ta note est très intéressante aussi. Minuscules araignées que tu as pu capter avec une bonne netteté. Sur ton image, le mâle est-il en train d'être mangé par la femelle ou est-ce qu'ils s'embrassent;-)?
Bonne journée

Hi Marie

Good shot of this hungry female. I hope she did wait a couple of weeks! Not much fun being a male spider is it!
Good contrast, composition and sharpness.


Ciao Marie Christine,
spettacolare cattura di questa coppia di ragni, eccellenti POV e DOF, bellissima la composizione con BG della foglia che esalta i dettagli, i colori hanno una bella luminosità..

A difficult but excellent macro shot Marie, it shouldn't be easy to show the almost transparent greenish legs against a green BG behind the lacy web of the spider! The level of sharpness is quite high in this image, considering the miniscule sizes of the spiders. A fine photography indeed my friend.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-24 7:28]

Hello Marie,
Considering this little green spider is so small, this is a fine sharp macro taken from a good dorsal POV that seems to show the female devouring her husband. I don't think spiders embrace their spouses for any purpose other than food!
TFS this fine interesting image,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-11-24 7:38]

Hello Marie,
Very nice capture.Timing is amazing.I liked POV,colors,lightin. TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-24 8:07]

Hi Marie.
Excellent close-up of a very attractive scene and very interesting and useful note for the picture. You have reflected of details of the scene (insects, leaf and web) superbly. I like effective use of flash – it always gives nice details and increases sharpness. POV and cropping are impressive too. Well done and kind wishes. TFS.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-24 8:10]

Hi Marie,
Lovely close up.Well caught,framed and composed.
Thanks for posting.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-24 10:13]

Hello marie,

It is interesting to see these spiders interacting. You have rendered very well theeyr nice green colors. The leaf beneath makes a fine background.

Thank you for sharing,

Hello Mariki, wonderful macro of this interesting spider pair.
TFS and regards,

Hello Marie,

A splendid macro shot of these insects.
Great details and sharpness, beautiful colours.


Ciao Marie, great macro with strange spider, I never see before, thanks, good light and colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Marie,
Very good capture of this Cribellate Spider with good POV and composition, sharp details and nice BG.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-24 16:36]

Salut Marie,une photo superbe pour espece jamais vu chez moi,excellents details et couleurs,pas facile a faire si parfaite,mes compliments pour l'id aussi..ehehe..bonne journee',Luciano

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-11-24 22:53]

Un joli détail de la vie animale.
Bonne journée.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-25 9:04]

Marie, Splendid image capture. Great sharpness and lovely note too. Good work. Ganesh

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-25 9:05]

Hi Marie,
Wonderful shot of this Spider couple in love and you have captured this moment with very impressive sharpness and clarity. Good use of flash lighting and I like that intricate web. Very nicely composed.

Hi Mariki,

An excellent composition of the pair, nice color and exposure.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-11-26 10:40]

Hello again Marie, another wonderful close up. Splendid colours and composition. Nice to see the mating in this spider.
TFS and G's,

Excelente documento Marie.
Un abrazo !

Nice spider Marie! I like the moment you presented on the photo. Creature looks really nice, it is sharp and colourful. Good DOF and POV.
TFS and all the best!

Hola Marie,
Excelente macro de esta pequeña araña, buena definición y detalles. Que tengas unas felices fiestas. Un cordial saludo
José Ramón


Hi Marie,
An interesting and nice visual documet, showing the spiders behaviour, accompanied with a good note. TFS

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