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Argiope lobata

Argiope lobata
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-08-06
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Nikon D5200, AF Micro Nikkor 60mm 1:2.8 D
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-06 10:42
Viewed: 947
Points: 12
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Argiope lobata Pallas 1772
Arachnida: Araneidae

Argiope lobata is the largest spider on Crete and is frequently found in our valleys and other vegetated areas. Its abdomen is striped with alternating black and yellow lines. It is not smooth but has a jagged appearance and has deep furrows. This trait is what gives this spider the name of “lobata”. The females, which are much larger than the males (6mm), have a body length of around 25mm. Here it is downside of its abdomen of a female.

As all spiders do, this specimen possesses glands within its abdomen capable of secreting a fluid which hardens and forms silky threads. These filaments are spun into beautiful webs. Webs act as nets to capture prey, as a mode of transport and to safeguard them from falling. The large webs of the Lobed Argiope are spherical, slightly inclined and have a prominent zig-zag web-decoration. It is thought that this particular web-pattern plays the dual role of attracting prey and possibly even preventing its destruction by larger animals.

The Lobed Agriope poisons its prey, which are mainly insects, before eating them. However, like for most other spiders, this venom is non-toxic to us.

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hallo Nikos
nice to see this Argiope
good details and nice light
thanks gr lou

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

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-07 2:32]

Hello Nikos,
Wonderful close up.Lighting,colors,BG,framing,clear details and composition are excellent.
Regards Sigi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-07 2:43]

Hi Nikos,very nice capture of this spider,good details and perfect POV to see in an excellent way its bodu design,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

A very strange form , this spider , interesting Nikos.
Great picture.

Thanks for sharing.


Nice macro of this spider, showing the prey and part of its web.

Hello Nikos,
Nice to see you bought Nikkor 60mm and now your photograph looks better. Lens plays a great role in Photograph. Well captured thus spider. Nice natural color and well managed BG too. Good work....keep clucking with new lens and camera.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice Sunday,

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