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Philaeus chrysops

Philaeus chrysops
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-19
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-24 12:01
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Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
This handsome male Jumping Spider danced for me on a rock! First time I observed that and I was literally seduced by this scene. But this is a venomous spider, so just to see and not touch! To restore the atmosphere I made a collage. On one photo (with the spider at the bottom center), I added 3 more views of this beautiful dancer. [Technique: Layers with Photo Shop].

Philaeus chrysops Poda, 1761 ♂
Family : Salticidae
Common names : Altıngözlü Örümcek [Tu], Beautiful Jumper [En], Saltique rouge et noire [Fr], Goldaugenspringspinne [De], Vuurspringer [Nl], Strojniś nadobny [Po]

Normal body length is 7 to 12 mm, but 5 mm small males do occur. Unusual for spiders, the males are often bigger. The sexes differ extremely: males are very colorful with a glaringly red opisthosoma. The males have a dark brown cephalothorax with two broad longitudinal white stripes behind the rear eyes. The abdomen is bright orange-red on the back and the sides, with a longitudinal black stripe in the center and black shoulders. The size of the black stripe is variable. And there are local variations, with also white stripes inside the longitudinal black strip. The long, slender legs are dark with the patellae and most of the tibiae of the first two pairs bright orange-red.
The cephalothorax of the female is similar to the male, but with much smaller white stripes. The back of her abdomen is largely covered with a very broad brown band with two narrow longitudinal white stripes and a few white marks near the sides. The remainder of the abdomen and the sides are orange, the legs light brown with dark brown rings.

Habitat: open and warm spaces, among stones, rocks and low vegetation.
Distribution: warm places of the Palaearctic region, common in the Mediterranean, reaching into South China. Absent from the northern part of Europe.
Etymology (from Greek): Φίλαιος / Philaeus is the son of Αἴας / Aias or Ajax, king of Megara. He is the first of his family to become an Athenian citizen. Χρυσός / chrysos = gold and ὤψ / ops = eye, face.

Wikipedia/Philaeus chrysops

boreocypriensis, lousat, Black44, oanaotilia, uleko, Ozgur70, cirano, rousettus, tuslaw, haraprasan, Dis. Ac., bahadir, mkurtel, paolo49, jusninasirun, lorendubois has marked this note useful
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DANGEROUSingridshaul 6 10-27 13:07
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To euroblinkie: Quite different...CatherineD 1 10-26 11:41
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Hi dear, great collage showing this venomous but wonderful beauty's dance in a single frame! I think it felt your pheromons:) hehe.. A masterpiece work as usual MF!
Have a nice week/night!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-24 12:06]

Salut Catherine,quelle photo..quelles effects..il parait de voir un videogame! Magnfique composition et super details et couleurs,je suis content quand il y a quelque chose de nouveau et etonnante ici.Mes plus gros compliments et bonne semaine,LUCIANO

Hola Catherine

Una bella composición de este collage que ha quedado fantastico, asi se aprecia todos los lados de esta pequeña saltarina, Un buen POV y perfecta nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hy Catherine
Spider are not at all my favourite creatures. So, I would not critique your spiders, but the whole image, a very nice ideea in creating this colage which resemble excellent one intact picture. Brilliant ideea in fact!!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-10-24 12:51]

Hello Catherine,
A fantastic collage showing this Jumping spider from different angles! Excellent focus on all - I like its fine markings and beautiful colours. Very well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-24 13:59]

Hello Catherine,
An excellent collage showing yhis spider,great colors and splendid sharp details.TFS.
Bi slavên germ,

merhaba Catherine
I was in trip, I have just came back and I cant visited your last posts. I have seen firstly this one.
These are really great macro shots. you greatly presented them with a wonderful collage. sharp details, light using and coloration superb. nicely composed and informed with good notes. thanks for sharing.
iyi geceler

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-10-24 18:31]

Spectacular collage Catherine!!
Such a gorgeous spider and captured in fine detail. Excellent exposure and great DOF. Top notch photo!!

Hello Catherine,

so you can teaching photoshop!
Good (1) spider in different pov.
Exellent sharpness with fine colours.
Nicely done.


Hello Catherine, Superb collage! as if a single image. Great details and vivid colours. Nice composition too.
TFS and regards,

Good morning dear Cathy, what an informative idea to show the little Jumping spider from different angles. Good clarity and pleasant composition. The Philaeus chrysops is not exactly as dangerous as you suggest in fact its venom is harmless for the Humans!!!
Peace and love,
George Veltchev

Tebrikler Cathy,
İlk bakışta bunun kollaj çalışması olduğunu anlayamadım. Güzel bir tür. Eline sağlık,

Hello Catherine,
A beautiful kind, a very good shot, thanks for sharing

Hi Catherine,
A very good technique applied here. A very good capture of this beautiful yet poisonous jumping spider. Good composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Catherine,
Very beautiful imagine 4x1 spiders, details, composition and sharpness perfect, interesting subject. A nice picture. Regards, Paolo

Ciao Catherine, great capture of lovely quartet of fantastic jumping spider in nice pose, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Catherine
beautiful coloured collage with great sharpness and good details
i like the picture
You knowe
i think it is not the Chrysop
because they have a black stipe in the orange body
you have 2 white stripe in black on the orange body
greeting lou

Hi catherine. You have gathered four of them in very good position of this well defined shot. Amazing details and colors are just brilliant. I like the selective focusing technique in making this image pops. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day - Jusni

Dearest Cathy,

A great idea to show the ''dancing'' Jumping Spider in a collage!

Each individual photo with excellent focus/detail, and the natural colours make it a magnificent document!

Thank you for showing on TrekNature.

Enjoy the rest of your day
Warm Greetings

Bonjour Catherine,
Quand j'ai vu ta photo en petit format, j'ai réellement cru que tu en avais vu 4 ensemble...
Ta composition est très réussie à mon gout, elle représente bien l'attitude de cette ravissante petite araignée.
j'en ai rencontré parfois, et elles ne sont pas facile à photographier car elles bougent tout le temps...
merci et bravo, amitiés

all for one..........
I think I see the Musketeers!!!!
good work Catherine sERGIO

i love these handsome spiders a lot! i had those ones in my garden when i was living in Sakarya city. i spotted a little bit difference with those patches on the abdomen.

The tricky composition made the photo exciting! All those spiders could also be great captures separately, but a little bit difference are sometimes needed. Indeed a great collage!

ps: If you want to see the difference what i'm talking, you can check the link below and you can also see the female one on another link below



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