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wasp spider
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08
Categories: Spiders
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-24 10:07
Viewed: 1993
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Argiope bruennichi, or the wasp spider, is a species of orb-web spider distributed throughout central Europe, Northern Europe, north Africa and parts of Asia. Like many other members of the genus Argiope, (including St Andrew's Cross spiders), it shows striking yellow and black markings on its abdomen.
The spider builds a spiral orb web at dawn or dusk, commonly in long grass a little above ground level, taking it approximately an hour. The prominent zigzag shape called the stabilimentum, or web decoration, featured at the centre of the orb is of uncertain function, though it may be to attract insects.
When a prey item is first caught in the web, Argiope bruennichi will quickly immobilise its prey by wrapping it in silk. The prey is then bitten and then injected with a paralysing venom and a protein dissolving enzyme.
The male of the species is much smaller than the female. It can often be seen in or near a female's web waiting for her to complete her final moult, at which time she reaches sexual maturity. At this time her chelicerae (jaws) will be soft for a short time and the male may mate with the female without the danger of being eaten.
During Summer 2006, research was carried out in the UK to find that there has been an influx of these spiders to the UK. The colour is still similar, although the yellow stripes are a bit more cream coloured.[citation needed.(Wikipedia)

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Witaj Siggi,
Masz niezla kolekcje pajakow. Ten w tygrysie pregi musi byc w naturze niezle widoczny.

Prickly thing it is!! DANG now to catch it getting that wasp! :0) Great macro as always Siggi! LOVE IT

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-24 10:52]

Hello Siggi,
Nice photo of this Wasp Spider with a sharp focus on the head. Beautiful natural colours and blurred background. Pleasing diagonal composition.

Hello Siggi,Very nice presentation of this spider in great sharpness and details.Beautiful natural colours.
Best regards

Hello Siggi,
A very nice captured of this Spider, lovely colours, great details sharpness and a perfect background,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

Cool Siggi, I have seen these before. Yours is well framed and pretty much spot on sharp with minor exception inconsequential.

very interesting close up composition with nice focus ans DOF, great colors and details!
regards Siggi

Hi Siggi,

Very nice macro shot of this Wasp Spider my good friend, not easy to get overall good sharpness with close-up photography as depth of field diminishes the closer you get to the subject, however Siggi you have done very well here, TFS,
Best Regards,


Hello Siggi,
Beautifully closed on this spider. Bright yellow and black lines on the abdomen is well captured under fine details.
Thanks and kind regards,

hello Siegfried
very nice picture of this Macro spider
great details and super colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Siggi, superb macro of fantastic spider, amzing details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Nice photo, good detail and exposure.
A wonderful spider with interesting patterns and colours.
Good note.
regards yiannis

Witaj Siggi,
wygląda groźnie. Ten odwłok budzi respekt. Nazwa bardzo odpowiednia ze względu na kształt i barwy przypomina osę. Świetnie wypatrzyłeś tego osobnika. Doskonałe makro.
Pozdrowienia - Sławek

Ciao Siegfried. Intrigant POV for a great close up. Beautiful natural colours.


Hello Siggi,
Crisp clear macro picture. All details are clearly seen. Also thanks for the informative note.

Czesc Siggi,
prawie nigdy nie spotyka sie takiego ciekawego zdjecia. Coz za insekt. Ladne kolory.

Hi Siegfried,
Fantastic close up of this spider with pin sharp details.
Good POV & nice BG. Well done & TFS.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-01-25 22:35]

Hello Siegfried,
such an exciting details and so pleasant it body color. The macro work is splendid and excellent sharpness.
amazing spider!


very nice subject, congrats for the capture Siggi, very good details,

ciao, tino

hello Siggi. What a great macro of the wasp spider.I like the diagonal composition. - Monique -

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