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A Moment of Carnage

A Moment of Carnage
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Copyright: Joy Kelley (rkyobo) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 29 W: 5 N: 21] (217)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-10
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-10-10 7:14
Viewed: 4663
Points: 6
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Went walking tonight with my husband and saw this orb spider eating a meal. The male is also there in the web above her...waiting for a chance to mate possibly...or to sneak a snack.

The male is many times smaller than the female, some are 1,000 smaller! The male is so tiny that he can live on the female's web, stealing her food, without her even noticing him. She may not even notice that he has crept up and inseminated her! Nevertheless, just to be sure, he usually does the deed when she is feeding. In some, mating can take up to 15 hours! The female lives only slightly longer than the male.

In modern times, Orb-web Spider silk is set to become a major product. The silk is almost as strong as Kevlar, the strongest man-made material which is drawn from concentrated sulphuric acid. In contrast, spider silk is drawn from water. If we could manufacture spider silk, it would have a million uses from parachutes, bulletproof vests, lightweight clothing, seatbelts, light but strong ropes, as sutures in operations, artificial tendons and ligaments.

I cropped, resized, sharpened only slightly, and then framed.

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To taba: Thank you so much!rkyobo 1 10-12 22:10
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Hi Joy,
A very nice frame filling composition on this orb spider. Nice color and detail. She is well into that meal!

Hi Joy...
Great capture of the spider!, you got it in very good POV and the DOF is good too.
I think the photo lacks of some contrast, but maybe this is my monitor.
Well done.

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  • jlynx Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 7 N: 46] (455)
  • [2005-10-11 6:00]

Hi Joy!
Very nice picture with good details and nice colours.
Well done.

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