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Argiope aurantia F.

Argiope aurantia  F.
Photo Information
Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 60, AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR DX
Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-20 8:07
Viewed: 3087
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A female Black & Yellow Garden Spider can be seen waiting patiently in her web & in the late afternoon sun. Although their looks appear dangerous complete with that telltale alien or E.T. face markings on their
abdomen - they are considered harmless to humans.

These spiders inhabit the lower 48 of the United States, Hawaii, southern Canada, Mexico, and Central America. They have distinctive yellow and black markings on their abdomens and a mostly white cephalothorax. Males average in size from 5–9 mm (.2" to .35") while females from 19–28 mm (.75" to 1.1").

Garden Spiders build webs in areas adjacent to open sunny fields (the case here) where they stay concealed and protected from the wind. Webs are usually constructed from between two to five feet off the ground & is very distinctive. It's form is of circular shape up to 2 feet (60 cm) in diameter, with a dense zigzag of silk, known as a stabilimentum, in the center (clearly seen in this image).

The purpose of the stabilimentum is still a matter of much debate. It is possible that it acts as camouflage for the spider hiding/hunting in the web's center, but it may also act as a lure for curious insect prey, or even warn birds of the often difficult-to-see web.

Yellow garden spiders breed once a year. The males crawl about in search of a female & once locating her will build a small web near or in the female's web. He then commences courting by plucking/agitating strands on her web. Often, when the male approaches the female, he has a safety drop line ready, in case she attacks him. After mating, the male dies, and may be eaten by the hungry female.

marius-secan, maaciejka, pegos, BREARD, maurydv, paolo49, anel has marked this note useful
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Hello Derek,
A very interesting capture of a lovely species of spider.
Nice colors, details and perfect focus as usual.
Exceptional clarity and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!

hello Derek
great sharpness picture to show this specie very good
beautiful colours and good details
thanks greeting lou

Hi Derek,
very nice photo of this spider. Great point of view. Amazing colours. Excellent sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

A striking image, perfectly focused and with great detail. Beautifully coloured spider. regards yiannis

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-20 9:23]

Woow Derek,what a magnificent specie,very rare to see on TN,and what a super pic,the top of perfection and a great choice of point of view,i like it!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Amazing spider Derek! Fantastic photo too. Excellent composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

Ciao Derek, great macro of fantastic spider, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-20 10:17]

Hello Derek,
A photo in very well saturated and bright colours in beautiful light. Great sharpness, details and a nice composition.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-09-20 10:35]

Hello Derek,
splendid image of this Argiope in a beautiful position!
Great sharpness and depth, fine detail . Splendid natural colours. Well done!
Thanks for sharing

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-09-20 11:33]

Hi Derek,
Very nice portrait of a interesting spider.
Nice colours good composition and sharpness details.
Excellent blue background.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Derek,
wonderful capture of this beautiful spider taken with good sharpness and from a well chosen POV. Great colours and a fine background.
Best wishes,

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-20 22:33]

Bonjour Derek,
Jolie cette araignée que je n'ai jamais vu dans mon jardin.
Belle composition et jolies couleurs.

Hello Derek,
Excellent capture.

Hi Derek,

Excellent picture of this beautiful spider against the blue sky.
Taken from a good POV & great sharpness. Well done & TFS.

Hallo Derek,
a superb macro shot of this Argiope, outstanding sharpness and fine details, very good flash exposure, excellent point of view
Best regards

Hi Derek,
Wow you are getting so good with that Macro lens. I like the in the spiders face POV. It's pretty nice that you captured the web as well, it doesn't always happen. Good DOF on the legs and nice blue background. I don't see ET, I see Bullwinkle the moose, I guess it's all in how you look at it. Well done.

Hello Derek
Perfect background, good lighting and excellent detail for this spider. regards Paolo

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-09-23 13:39]

Hello Derek,
You seem to like spiders..this one is very impressive and you present it with a colorful and powerful shot. I'm not so fan of these creatures, but I have to admit that they can be very photogenic. Very well presented against the blue sky.
Kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-02-26 4:26]

Hello Derek
very pretty spider in superb colors and details. The blue background is so amazing and the presentation is a very attractive one.
Superb presentation.


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