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Tree trunk spider

Tree trunk spider
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-31
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Sigma 70mm Macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-31 5:59
Viewed: 5767
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The tree trunk spiders are members of the tropical and semi-tropical Family Hersiliidae. There are about 150 species in this family. These spiders have two very prominent spinnerets that are almost as long as their entire abdomens. So they are also sometimes known as "two-tailed spiders." They range in size from about 10 mm (0.4 inch) to 18 mm (0.7 inch)long. Being very well camouflaged for life on the varicolored trunks of trees, they have an interesting way of capturing prey. Rather than making a web that captures prey directly, they lay a light coating of threads over an area of tree bark and wait hidden in plain sight for an insect to stray onto that patch. Once that occurs, they direct their spinnerets toward their prey and circle it all the while casting silk on it. When the hapless insect has been thoroughly immobilized they can bite it through its new shroud. This tiny spider is truly well camouflaged between the tree bark. Unknown specie for me and believe me if I did not use a fill in flash here its flat body just disappear into the greenish background!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-07-31 6:57]

Hello George,
A nice macro of this partly camouflaged Hesiliid spider on a tree trunk. The dorsal POV shows its features with fine sharpness, natural colours and the composition are excellent.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-31 7:09]

Hello George,
Beautiful photo of this well camouflaged spider. If you look very good you see the impressive colours on the body. Great sharpness, details, POV and composition.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2010-07-31 7:21]

Interesting notes and great picture of this amazing spider, blended into the rock, it looks as a crack in the rock or even a fossil. Thanks for the interesting post,


Hi George,

Good photo of this spider. This must have been hard to see on the trunk as it seems so well camouflaged. The detail is very good and I really like the composition. There are some nice vivid colours as well.
Great capture and TFS


Love all the colors throughout the trees bark, the spider's right at home :)
Excellent example of camouflage, nice details and comp.
Well done!

Hello George,
Exceptional capture with great clarity and excellent focus.
Amazing camouflage and impressive colours.
Have a nice weekend!

Ciao George. Sharp and details are perfect! Interesting example of camoufage.


Ciao George, great camouflage for this wonderful spider, fantastic details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hallo George,
what a fantastic macro shot of this outstanging crytic mimicry, superb sharpness and bright colours, excellent POV and composition.
Best regards

Excellent macro shot of this well camouflaged spider George! The details are flawless. Love the focus from the shallow DOF too. I also liked the texture of the bark so much!
TFS and have a nice night and Sunday!


hello George, Spider is a very good macro ...
Excellent color and detail.
Have a nice weekend, Paolo

Hello George friend.
Yes! Actually you are very good photographing spiders! ... and this is a very interesting specimen, well camouflaged! Excellent photo, you have managed to bring out the spider on the bark, which seemed difficult to do. TFS, Regards, Jesús

Hola George

Dificil toma de esta araña perfectamente mimetizada con el entorno, te abrá costado verla.

Perfecta imagen, con gran nitidez y contraste.

Un saludo de Antonio

Great picture that demonstrates crytic coloration, if weren't for the shadow the subject would be difficult to see. The accompanying note sheds some light on this mysterious arachnid. TFS

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-08-05 12:50]

Hello George
That is a very nice closed up as usual very sharp image with excellent detail.I aggreed with the other the camouflage is almost perfect.More I look at it and the more I find different colors
Good job
TFS Michel

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-07 3:32]

Hello George,
It's true that for this kind of perfect camouflage it's better tu use the flash. Interesting picture and like always a well chosen composition. The fine coloration of the trunk(?) is very beuatiful too. I'm not an amateur of spiders, but I must say that your picture is very well done.
Kind regards

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