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Copyright: Murali Santhanam (smurali) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax *ist DL, Sigma 180 mm F3.5 EX HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-25 9:40
Viewed: 3135
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The Yellow Pansies are beautiful whichever way you look at them. But nature has its ways to maintain balance of life. Spiders fill this space.

This is the under-side of Argiope or Cross Spider from the family of Orb Weaver spiders. They have unique leg formation in which the eight legs are paired into four pairs and appear to be cross shaped. The Argiope spiders generally have black and yellow bands on the abdomen and nice patterns of black and yellow on the bottom. In the full-sized picture I can also see the opening under which the sting is hidden.

While they may look intimidating, they are harmless to humans. The same cannot be said of unfortunate insects. The Argiope can eat prey twice its size. They sting the prey and pack them for lunch. Once the insides are cooked by the venom, they can suck the life out of the insect.

The main reason for publishing this picture is because, I could capture her male partner also in the same web. The Argiope males do not have any distinctive marks and seem to have been created for the sole task of facilitating reproduction.

This picture was taken at Lalbagh gardens. Generally the Argiope webs are constructed in cluttered spaces to remain hidden. This one was built on some blades of grass that provided a view from either side and also provided good separation from the background. I also have a picture of view from the top, which I will share tomorrow.

Hope you like my Argiope and her boy friend.

Murali Santhanam

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-11-25 9:45]

Hello Murali,
this is a nice and well composed nature document ... usually the females are shown!
Both specimens stand out clearly and the web is also nicely visible.
Background colour and brightness fit very well.
Best wishes, Peter

Namaste Murali,
it's amazing - is this tiny spider realy the male? What a difference in size and design, realy very interesting. She is a wonderful spider, the yellow parts are pretty.
Thanks for sharing, very well done
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Murali,

Very well composed macro image of this spiders and its web, well defined. You have got good back ground to bring out the beauty of natures work.TFS.

I have had frequent confrontations with Argiope spiders this year, Murali. I just saw one outside my school gate with its web between two hedges.
This is a good image in that it shows both the female and the male of the species. The male, looking so inconspicuous at the edge of the web, really looks dull and uninteresting.
You have also got a clear BG for this sharp and crisp macro.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-11-25 23:18]

hi murali,
this is very fine image in all respects, good composition, exposure and colors. overall its tells a story too, with male in wait. you did a wonderful job here. tfs.

Hi Murali,
Superb picture and the poor male is going be lunch for this magnificent female after doing his duties to spread his gene. The picture and the clarity is too good.
Goutham R

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-26 3:10]

Hello murali, Very nice shot and perfect composition. excellent clarity. Ganesh

hello Murali
beautiful picture
great details and nice composition
great sharpness
greeting lou

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