<< Previous Next >>

Two Spined Spider

Two Spined Spider
Photo Information
Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-03
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ-2-S
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Araneae (Spiders) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-03 4:29
Viewed: 7051
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Getting away from New Zealand Natives for a bit...
This is a Two Spined Spider, Poecilopachys australasiae, thought to be introduced from Australia in the 1970s. They were first found around Auckland in the north of the North Island,and have gradually spread as far as Wanganui in the south.
They are often found on citrus trees,although this one is on a Helenium (sneezeweed) flower.
This is a female,usually less than 1 cm across. The males are smaller and lack the distinctive spines. By day,the Two Spined Spider hides beneath leaves,but at night it emerges to spin a strong cartwheel shaped web,which is capable of catching moths,wasps and cicadas many times its own size. As dawn approaches it recycles the web by eating it.The egg sacs are a distinctive spindle shape.
You can see this spiders pretty bottom in the workshop image.

PDP, red45, gerhardt, Signal-Womb, marhowie, sAner has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Signal-Womb: not poisonousLordPotty 1 02-04 05:11
To PDP: Not the first...I thinkLordPotty 1 02-03 05:52
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Great shot!
You caught very interesting moment and gerat colours.
Thank You!

This is nice!
I've never seen spider like this one. Very original.
I like your photo for these great colours and nice subject. Maybe its a bit out of focus, but this doesn't matter.
Well done!

  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-03 4:41]
  • [+]

Nice one Steve, this is a really colourful spider and a very intereesting shape. I think it's the first of it's kind on TN. The focus has been well directed but you really need to use F8 if possible for these shots. Very good work.

  • Great 
  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-02-03 4:49]

Excellent macro Steve. I have seen these spiders before and thought they were so unusual. Good shot.

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-03 5:02]

Steve, this is most amazing spider I've ever saw! I like its colours and extraordinary shape. It is great picture with flower as BG which in fact is less lolorful than your main subject. Superb work!

It looks very small. I have never see nthis before. Very fascinating post, Steve. When you shoot these critters get the F-stop as low as light allows. The DOF is ok but could be larger. Great shot the color of the flower adds extra impact.

  • Great 
  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-02-03 10:29]

Zdjęcie jast fajne, ale obiekt główny rewelacja.

  • Great 
  • sev Silver Star Critiquer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 0] (56)
  • [2005-02-03 11:37]

what a strange spider !! beautiful colours steve
very well done

I don't think I have ever seen a spider such as this. I would imagine that they would be colored like that because they are very poisonous then again maybe not. Nice capture Steve interesting post. Well done.

Steve, Love this shot for the interesting colors seen not only in the BG but also in the subject itself. Great capture of this strange looking guy! Love dem' spiders!! ;-))

  • Great 
  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-04 6:18]

Great colors and sharp details. I have never seen such a spider. Well done!

Very nice and interesting shot Steve, great colours.
Well done.

  • Great 
  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-02-05 2:02]

Nice shot Steve, vibrant colour is just how I like it. :) well capture and good composition, even thought I live in Auckland, I never see one of these before, thank you for your note, it helps me to know more about it. Thanks for sharing

Calibration Check