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Copyright: Sochirca Dan (deud) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus Camedia C-765 UZ, 38-380mm built-in, Kenko Skylight1B+Raynox DCR250
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-21 1:38
Viewed: 4721
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Family Araneidae.
Genus Argiope.
Species bruennichi.
Wasp spider.

The common name of this beautiful spider is wasp spider. This spider is, like all orb-weavers, not poisonous for us.
The adult female has a shining silvery cephalothorax (head) and a yellowish abdomen with black and white bars across it.
The adult female is much larger than the male. The male measures between 4 and 6 mm while the female has a full grown size between 14 - 17 mm.
When the female is loaded with eggs she can become enormous in size.
Argiopes can be easily identified by the zigzag of white silk in their webs. Like all orb-weavers, they have ringed legs.
The function of the zigzag of white silk in their web is not clear. There are several ideas what the purpose may be.
It may be used to attract insects because it is radiating UV-light and that attract insects. Another explanation is that it is to frighten predators. The spider shakes the web vigorously when something large is approaching and that result in a blurry white spot.
Another explanation can be that the spider makes the web clear to see and that should avoid large animals to destroy the web.

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Great image but a bit lostr of DOF to the left.
Easy talking in macro shots of course...

Hello Sochirca
Very nice shot of spider,
Beautiful colors and good
composition, Excellent


voila une tres bonne macro haute en couleurs,bons details et sutout la netteté qui est parfaite.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-10-27 13:41]

Hi Sochirca!
This spider is a masterpiece of a macro! So sharp and so vivid!

Bonjour Sochirca
Félicitation pour cette magnifique prise de vue en macro de cette belle araignée,avec cette explosion de couleurs ,facinant tous ces détails,ainsi que cette très jolie composition.
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-11-21 13:41]

same spider Sochirca.
also a good photo, nice pov and good composition, very good job.
gr. jaap

Hi Dan, great shot, beautiful focus and DOF.
Merry X'mas, Luís.

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