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|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|What warms my cockles in the wintertime, is looking thru my summer shots. Several years ago I discovered thru the macro abilities of my cameras that there was a lot more to my yard than birds, bees and flowers...|
This was especially so as I let my acreage go back to nature. No cultivated greenhouse flowers here. Only natural stuff, that volunteered one way or another. I noticed a tremendous increase in "wildlife", including spiders.
I have had to hunt in my archives to locate a set of shots I did on crabspiders. I have found them:
""Crab spiders make up the Arachnidae family Thomisidae. They are also commonly called "flower spiders" because they are most often found on flowers, lying in ambush for prey. Crab spiders do not build webs to trap prey, but are active hunters much like the jumping spiders (Salticidae).
They are called crab spiders because of their first two pairs of legs, which are held out to the side giving them (with their flattened, angular bodies) a crab-like appearance. Also, like crabs, these spiders move sideways and backwards more easily than forwards.""
The specimen I shot on the daisy was a pale yellow. Others in the same group were white. All had those pink-maroon markings on their sides. This Crab Spider, ( Misumena vatia ), is also known as a Flower Spider or Goldenrod Spider. It is able to change color to match the flower it is "hiding" on while waiting to pounce upon pollinating insects. Females are 6 to 9 mm long, males are smaller: 3 to 4 mm.
I thought I would start this set with one of the arachnids that is patiently waiting for a stupid fly. Notice that the lil "thunderbugs" are of zero interest to our spider...
Photo shot with handheld camera. Some PP.
PS Anyone interested in identifying spiders should use this link.
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- [2007-01-31 7:59]
Thanks for your visit, Jay.
Wonderful picture of this Crab Spider sitting in wait for the prey atop a daisy.
Thanks for sharing this lovely image.
- [2007-01-31 16:50]
Nice capture, with great composition, color and details. I also like the depth of field and point of view, which I take was a hands and knee job. Thanks for sharing.
Nice shot!!! IT took awhile for me to spot the crab spider......but there it was!!
It certainly blends in well.....
Good photographer's notes.....interesting comments!!
I liked the pov; looks like you were almost nose-to-nose......were you??
Nice capture of vibrant colors, even the spider has a lot of depth of color....
- [2007-01-31 22:45]
Wow this spider looks like it is relaxing in a yoga pose waiting for it's next victim.A very good capture,with lovely well saturated,natural colours.Good low POV and very good DOF.TFS
I like those guys; I have a couple of pictures of this specie too. They are amazing. They could stay still at the same place for a very, very long time waiting for a prey. This is a nice and detailed capture with very natural lightning and exposure. Well done!
- [2007-02-02 19:01]
lovely close up. Nice sharp details and the colors are wonderful. Excellent POV and beautifully composed.