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my first wasp spider

my first wasp spider
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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D, Tamron 90mm macro
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Purple Obsession 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-16 14:26
Viewed: 5726
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.

The just hatched spiders are very small but already have all the features as the adult spiders.

In July the males mate with the females and often loose their life or some legs after their 'duty'.
The female makes a brown cocoon one month after mating and the young spiders hatch the next year in spring. The female dies in the winter.

When the spiders are young the differences between the sexes is not so obvious. But the sexes can be identified by the form of the palps. Like all spiders, the palps of the male are bulbier than the palps of the female.

The spider lives in open grassy areas and makes her web amongst the grass and low herbage. In the Mediterranean she is very common but the last
decennia she is moving up North. She is reported often from Limburg in the South of The Netherlands, around Berlin in Germany and in Great-Britain where she was already reported in 1940. When the spider catches her prey she wraps it very fast in silk. After a lethal bite with venom and protein dissolving enzymes she waits until the prey does not struggle anymore and sucks it empty or hangs the packet in her web to consume it later. If a too large insect gets into her web she bites the threads in which the insect hangs loose of her web until the insect falls out.


This one I took in another experiment of me. the tamron 90mm and the tamron 2x teleconverter, and that it's works you can see here. there was not much light. I used 800 asa and a flash. I hope you like it.
gr. jaap

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Hello Jaap,
Excelent first wasp spider, the details and colours captured are great; I like the perspective of the spider and its web.

Hello Jaap,
this is a very nice shot from the Wasp spider.
I think this is a male. - Very good sharpness, details and very nice colours. This is a very good composition. Thank you my friend.

Hi Jaap,
congratulations - you made a wonderful shot of your first one. I also had the pleasure to see my first this year, but not so nice than yours with the Zig-zag-web, mine were at the ground in the grass.
Thanks for yours beautiful shot, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Carper.
Excellent picture, very good details an colors.


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-11-16 15:34]

Hello Jaap , What a fantastic shot you came , realy great capture from this spider ,the details and the colours are amezing , nice framing and bg ,Greetings teunie .

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-16 16:24]

Hi Jaap

Another sucessfull experiment! The picture is very nice despite the harsh conditions and its quality is great, even though you used such a high ISO.
The POV is interesting, the details are nice, clear and sharp, the lighting is well managed and the colors are beautiful.
Very nicely framed and composed, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Mazer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
  • [2006-11-16 18:34]

Hi Jaap,
What an awesome image, this is the first time i have seen one of these spiders and your note was very helpful. Good composition, sharpness and detail, well done and thanks for sharing.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-11-16 20:16]

An excellent POV of this spider, Jaap.
The details are very clear, and the web is well-shown.
The light seems a bit harsh, but the colors are coming through quite well.
TFS. : )

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-11-16 21:28]

Hi Jaap,
Very nice macro!
Great composition, beautiful colours, excellent OOF background.
Thanks for sharing!

ew.. creepy crawlies.. the fact that you made me cringe with this picture proves that it is effective. with the colors and details so specific and exploding into my face.. i think it's very well done.

Hello Jaap,
Lovely colours captured, it is easy to see why the insect got its name!
Good framing of subject, DOF spot on and the web visible...
Well composed image with good details!
Pablo -

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2006-11-17 2:04]

Hallo Jaap,

Ik ken heel wat spinnen hier bij ons in de beurt, maar deze zie ik niet bij ons. Ik vind het prachtig hoe u tewerk bent gegaan met de opzet van Tamron, het resultaat mag gezien worden, alle details zijn gewoon fantastisch, samen met de werkelijke kleuren, wat is onze natuur wonderlijk nietwaar!
Goed gedaan Jaap.

Groeten en prettig weekend,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-17 3:41]

Hi Jaap.
I know this spider very well and often have met it. Your shot is very nice, well exposed and compose. The details of the spider and web are very good. But colours of my shots and yours are different. My compliments and TFS.

bonjour jaap
encore une belle reussite,j'aime les couleurs de cette araignée.bon DOF.
BG bien flou.bravo.

Good one Jaap, with good use of the flash.
Good composition DOF and sharpness.

Dag Jaap,
Mooie kleuren...ook de achtergrond is mooi en fris.
Goede compo.
Bedankt en groeten,

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-11-17 6:10]

Dit is een hele mooie macro, Jaap. De poten en het lijfje zijn prachtig, met de paarse gloed. Scherpe details en prima compositie. De note is ook erg leerzaam en uitgebreid. Prima werk.


He is a beauty Jaap, great colour and markings with good details. Well placed in frame and an excellent note to inform us. Very nice job..

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-17 6:31]

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

Hi Jaap,
A very nice shot on this colorful Wasp Spider. Alot of vivid colors and good detail in this guy. A beautiful OOF backround shows the web detail very well. Nice Camera work my friend.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-11-18 4:33]

beautiful shot! nice focus, colors. very well done. tfs

Hello JAAP,

Excellent work Great details,very crisp, Nicly composed and capture photo perfect colors excellent DOF Bg POV, Nice Job,

TFS Kyle

Superb colours and clarity, Jaap. You have done wonders with your equipment.
I like the saturated colours and the angle of exposure, giving a fine view of the spider's back.
TFS and bye.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-18 10:13]

Hi Jaap,
Nice close up of this wasp spider. Sharp and clear details. Very well composed, this fabulous BG shows it off very well.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-11-18 23:59]

Hi Jaap

What's with this psychedelic/fluorescent spider? Very interesting reflections you captured on this beautiful arachnid.

A lovely composition showing clearly the stabilimentum and the design of the web. Excellent colour reproduction and good details are visible almost throughout the entire field of the spider with only the tips of the frontal protruding legs that lack a little in sharpness. The BG is well removed and OOF while the more or less even green colour compliments the spider very well. You’ve managed the exposure rather well and good application of the fill-in flash.

Well done and TFS.

Hello Jaap,
This is a great macro of this colorful spider! Details are really you in an excellent POV and composition. I like this very nice BG too. This is a very good post with great notes. TFS,

Tones are a little too purple.
Pic should be ratated 180 degres, as the head should point below, and the white thing on the web too.
Background is brilliant and enhances the beauty of the spider.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-20 14:15]

Hello my friend... nice macro with suitable colors, clear and compo.

I like it a lot: composition, colors, POV, sharpness, DOF, focus, lighting, background, framing, notes.

I don't like it: nothing to argue.

Best wishes... Ricardo

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-12-07 5:13]

Hi Jaap
Nice close-up shot. Good colours, sharpnes, details, light and POV.
Well done mf.


Hello Jaap,
I'm glad to see this spider in your gallery. It's a lovely species and nice to photograph as well.
The picture is nicely framed and has very good DOF. I really like the colours of BG, but the spiders body has strange blue cast which doesn't look natural.
Overall, good job on this one!

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-07 9:09]

Hello Jaap,
I like this macro, very nice colours sharpness and background TFS,

Best wishes and happy new year,

I wish I ever found a "wasp spider" as imaculate and beautiful as this one.
You captured it with plenty of details and colours, it looks quite a bit too magenta in the reflections, but gives it a very fancy look :)
Thanks vry much, MF... keep well!
Best wishes, Felipe.

Hallo Jaap
You must be wondering why I went back to one of your older postings to award my smiley. I just adore the colour purple and your photo "My first wasp spider" jumped into my face, and I could not ignore it. This is a brilliant captured photo with lots of colourful detail and features. Well composed and presented. The blurred background brings out the detail of the spiders web to the foreground and emphasise the dazzling colours of the spider well. Thanks for sharing.
King regards

Nice spider capture Jaap,
I like the web so well shown, with the center zig-zag running through.
Good BG, colors, and details.
Well done & TFS!

Hallo Jaap,

Een schitterende opname van deze tijgerspin. Scherp, goede POV en achtergrond. Het web is ook zeer goed zichtbaar. Wat mij opvalt is de rood/blauwe zweem bij de spin. Als ik ander foto's van deze soort op TN vergelijk is die niet aanwezig. Dat is jammer. Ik weet niet de oorzaak hiervan. Heb jij er een verklaarbare reden voor??

In ieder geval blijft het een plaatje om de lippen bij af te likken.

Prettig weekend en tot TFS BOB

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