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Nursery web spider

Nursery web spider
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Copyright: Dejan Ban (Hillo) (52)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-04
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Pentax K5, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-03-27 14:15
Viewed: 2076
Points: 10
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Another spider... (I like spiders :) )
Nursery web spider (Pisaura mirabilis)

The females grow about 15-20mm (body only) and the males are slightly smaller as common as it is with spiders. This one was one of the larger specimens (pretty close to 20mm if not 20mm) so I presume it was female.
Interesting thing happened when I've photographed it, I have tried to make it to take a better pose for photo and I've used dry grass straw to make it move. As soon as I got close to it with my "tool" It immediatly attacked it. I don't know if it was a sign of an aggression in order to defend itself or maybe it thought it was potential prey...

Interesting part about mating:
Males offer food gifts to females in attempt to mate and often play dead with food in their jaws which very much raise their chances to mate. When the female approaches and tries to take the food away, the male springs back to life and attempts to mate. Tactic is quite successful an they "score" almost 90% of all attempts that way. Clever little devils! :D

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-03-27 16:32]

Hi Dejan,excellent capture of this web spider,one of the most common and friendly in my country too,bright colors and perfect details in the best exposure,i like it!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-03-27 17:07]

Hello Dejan,
A great shot of this Nursery web spider. You managed to photograph it in fine detail and excellent DOF. The warm lighting helps show it off nicely. You can clearly see it's tiny eyes, as they have a bit of catchlight to them. Wonderful shot!!

Hello Dejan

Great macro of this spider, great POV and DOF, beautiful warm light,
great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, being framed
diagonally in the image it adds dynamism to the photo, TFS


Hi Dejan!
Another superb shot, this time the Nursery web spider. Excellent sharpness, perfect exposure and a lovely background. Well done my friend,
Thanks for sharing,
Warm Regards...AKBAR

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-03-28 13:19]

Helo Dejan,
A fine picture of this "ugly" spider. Very well composed picture and fine color-contrast.
Kind regards

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