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Are you yanking my chain?

Are you yanking my chain?
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Copyright: Jannie Maritz (Jannie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 6 N: 264] (1227)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-31
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 3100, Zoom Nikkor 5.8-17.4mm / 1 : 2.8-4.9
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-01 1:26
Viewed: 4378
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Flower Crab Spider (Thomisus)

Thomisus is a sedentary spider and is usually noticed only when one sees a strangely positioned, usually upside down, insect and upon investigation, the insect can be seen to be in the grips of a spider.

Thomisus waits for flying insects to settle, patient and motionless, with outstretched legs. As seen here in the photo.

She can detect them from 20mm and when within a range of 5-10mm, Thomisus closes her powerful front legs, catching the insect which can be up to 3 times her size. The insect is then bitten behind the head and killed. The insides are dissolved and sucked from the exoskeleton and the empty, perfect form of the insect is dropped to the ground.

For more information on this beautiful spider please see my previous post.

Thanx for viewing and please comment.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-01 1:58]

Hello Jannie!
Wonderful close up.POV,colors,details,BG,
contrast and composition are excellent.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-02-01 3:41]

Impressive close-up for this spider and web on the flower. I like also the dark background. Congratulations Jannie and thanks for sharing.
P.S. Great notes to read too, thx.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-02-01 4:39]

Jannie, a very beautiful shot indeed. Vivid colors, very nice composition. Great moment.Well done.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-02-01 5:12]

Very good photo Jannie!
Excellent details of the spider!
Very good BG and POV!

Good one again - POV adn lighting good

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-02-01 10:11]

Jannie, this is really wonderful.

Very beautiful and vivid colors.

Excellent contrast.


Ja boet

Great shot again Tjomma. Great compo (nice pose) Good detail and colour. You need to give this oak a rest now hey. Poor thing. How would you like me taking a shot of you when you still have toilette paper up your rear?


Hi Jannie, nice to meet you.
I have been looking at your gallery and you have very nice photos. This last two are great. This china texure, is difficult to get right, and the silk is a nice detail.
Nice use of flash with such a small subject.
Well done and TFS, Felipe.

Hi Jannie,
que foto incrível, perfeita, cores fantásticas e ótima nitidez!!!


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  • pat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 0 N: 125] (414)
  • [2006-02-03 18:11]
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Excellent sharpness, great composition, interesting pose, and many fine details to be seen. Are there really two silk treads, or is it just an optical illusion? Thanks for showing, Patrick

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