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Argiope versicolor

Argiope versicolor
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-20 1:10
Viewed: 5074
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Multi-Coloured St Andrew's Cross Spider
Argiope versicolor (Doleschall) 1859

I posted two picture of this Spider in January and was helped by Peter (batu) in identifying this species.
Today I am posting another picture of it taken with fill flash.
Family Araneidae, Orb-Web Spiders
Habitat: Sunny parts of the forest
Female: 8-12 mm
Male: 3.5-4.5 mm
Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam (and also India Ram).

This species appears very similar to Argiope pulchella. Both have a pentagonal abdomen.
The flat, oval, whitish egg-sac has a papery texture and is often suspended near the web.

Argiope spiders make webs which are suspended vertically 1-2 metres from the ground.
The web of mature female spiders of this genus can be easily recognised by the X-shaped zigzag bands of white silk in the centre of the web.

The brilliantly coloured spider with silvery hair on the carapace sits head down in the centre of the web, and holds its legs in pairs in such a way that they appear to be aligned to the four arms of the letter 'X'. The males are dull in colour and like the females, have the habit of pairing their legs. Their webs are, however, decorated by a lace-like centre, instead of white bands in the shape of the letter 'X'.

Source: http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/guidebooks/spiders/text/Argiope_versicolor.htm

Thanks for looking.

Jamesp, goldyrs, vanderschelden, Adanac, mariki, albert, Alex99, dejo has marked this note useful
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-20 1:51]

Hi Ram

A lovely macro-shot - good POV with wonderful colour and sharp detail. Well observed and captured.


I am going to be away in South Africa until 8 April - have a good Easter Break.

Ram Sir,
This is a fabulous shot...
I love the sharpness and the details...
Very well done!

Extraordinary Spider, Ram.
I like the compo very much and the almost monchromatic colors.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6478 W: 89 N: 15610] (65301)
  • [2008-03-20 17:14]

Hi Ram,what a incredible perfection,the colours and the sharpness are impressive,not easy to take so perfect,my best compliments fot the note too,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-03-20 22:56]

Hello Ram,

What a nice spider, it's stance indeed resembles a cross, very nice shot and composition.. Well done


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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2008-03-20 23:28]

Hi Ram, excellent macro, very good detail and natural colours.

Ram sir Very nice spider and taken in a very good POV. The lighting is also very good. Ganesh

Hello Ram,

Beautiful composition. Good POV, DOF and sharpness. The colours and patterns on the abdomen of this spiders are splendid.
Well done,

Hello Ram
Very good close up with sharp details
Well done

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-21 9:40]

Hi Ram.
All is amazing in your wonderful shot. First is fine subject. Second is brilliant reproduction of the spider and substrate. All attractive details of both objects are reflected with great skill and details. Flash work cannot be better. Lighting is really superb. All in all, perfect work. Bravo and best regards.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-03-26 0:37]

Hello Ram,
What a beautiful Argiope spider!
nice capture with great details and colors,

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