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::A Mother's Love::

::A Mother's Love::
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Copyright: Julia Hollis (Runnerduck) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 57 N: 616] (1851)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S5500, Raynox DCR-250
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-06-30 6:20
Viewed: 4089
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Wolf Spider - Pardosa amentata

I know this image could have been a lot sharper.
Since discovering the wolf spiders (carrying egg sacs) in our garden Iíve been waiting like an expectant Father for them to hatch.
This has now been going on for a few weeks but because they are so fast Iíve been unable to get a good enough image to post.
This one is hot of the press, literally. Iíve been watching this particular spider for a while, easy to identify as she only has three legs on her left side. She wasnít around at all yesterday, and then I spotted her earlier this morning carrying her spiderlings.
I will try and get a better image soon. She has a particularly large neighbour who looked ready to burst yesterday so hopefully sheíll be parading her new arrivals soon as well.

I have also posted a ws of a (semi) close up of the spiderlings.


Male 5 - 8mm. Dark grey or brown, sometimes almost black, usually with a pale stripe down the middle of the thorax and a pale band, often broken into dots, at each side.


A fast running, diurnal hunter, usually scurrying over the ground or low vegetation in search of flies and other small insects. The female carries her eggs in a lens-shaped silken parcel attached to her spinnerets, and can often be seen sun-bathing at this time. When the spiderlings hatch, they climb onto the female's back and are carried around for a while, gradually dropping off to make their own way in the world. Male spiders can be sometimes seen signalling to the females by waving their black, clubbed palps. Adult in summer and autumn.

Habitat and range:

Most open habitats with plenty of bare ground and some shelter and moisture; often found on garden rockeries. Common throughout the UK.


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Hello Julia!
This is wonderful macro and has enough sharpness.Colors,details,framing and composition are perfect.Excellent work!Thanks for sharing.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-30 6:33]
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Very well done Juila, I know you've been trying for a while. Looks like you got your reward, patience pays off. Good shot, great to see all those spiderlings. I wouldn't fancy being the ones on the bottom! It's kind of nice to think that something so disliked by many people shows some degree of parental care. Well done. Be careful on the ID's of Pardosa, they are not easy especially has the adult markings can be variable and fade.

Very well done.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-06-30 6:39]
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Great photo. I wait for the next one, hope it is soon.
The focus is great, I can see every hair on her body.
Lovely colours especially on her abdomen.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-30 6:41]
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Hello Julia,

This is great! I think the image sharp enough and you can easily see the little spiders on the back. Wonderful, what an image!! It's great that all your effort paid off in time. I hope your livingroom cushions do not have stains by now. ;) I am looking forward in seeing more pictures like this. Well done & TFS!


Hi Julia,
This one is a great macro.
Captured in its natural environs with good details. Supplied with a very helpful note.

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  • Phoki Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 21] (284)
  • [2005-06-30 7:13]
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Thanks for the details about the spider!Great capture of the moment!Congratulations!

Great post Julia!
The photo isn't maybe perfect, but it's really good and the spiderlings are well visible.
I like it very much.

Hi Julia,
Excellent capture of mah and babes.
Well done on the deatils and composition.


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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-30 8:11]
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An excellent capture Julia,
Nice lighting and superb detail.
I've never seen one and its young so close up before.
Fantastic,well done.


Hi Julia nice shot of a spider.
The spiderlings are well seen , good POV and composition.
Very well done .

This is a great image. Given the colours of the spider which camouflages so well with the rocks and soil, u've brought out this image very well.

Cracking shot Julia,
Both WS posts are great also. This is a really interesting shot, you've captured it so well.
Thanks for posting.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-06-30 13:51]
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Fajnie sfotografowane Julia.
Dobrze wypatrzone, celny tytu≥.

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  • Ina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 6 N: 101] (767)
  • [2005-06-30 15:36]
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Fine clear picture with a very nice composition... TFS...Ina...

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-30 16:13]
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Wow Julie - interesting!! So those are the hatched babies on the body. Well captured and thank you.

Very nice macro and composition.
Patience ... and you win this nice shot.
Hope we will have news form this family spider soon ...
TFS (photo & guideline), Laurent

Your capture is excellent! Yor patience paid off. This is really an interesting shot. Love the mom carrying her babies.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-01 3:43]
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Hello Julia!
Wonderful close up.Clear eyes,sharpness,details,sharpness,framing and especially composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

Hi Julia, I'm amazed by this capture its so interesting and has answered something that has been puzzling me. Iv been watching various spiders that occupy different parts of my garden. Iv noticed A group that seemed to have these abnormal abdomens. Now I realize they are carrying egg sacs. I must keep my eye on this situation. This is excellent work, very well done.

Wow, look at all the little babies. I hope these little devils aren't getting into your house! Amazing macro, perfect sharpness.


hello :) beauty is this photo:) really I admire it:) beauty spider:) great capture with exellent quality:)



Hi Julia, what an incredible shot :). I particularly like your workshop close up. It's superb to see the tiny spiderlings all clinging to mum like that. It's sharp enough to give a real impression of spiderdom for the babies and that has to be a really unusual achievement in photoland. Very well done :)

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