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Romantic lover.

Romantic lover.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-05-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Minolta Dimage 7Hi
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Vienna Woods - Biosphaerenpark Wienerwald, Animals Sex Life [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-27 14:02
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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Misumena vatia (Clerck, 1757),
Crab spider, the male.

Body length: 3 – 4 mm

Sorry friends. Crab spider again.

Very much smaller than its female – as you can tell from the size of petals of the wild geranium - the male crab spider shows the same habit of sitting on petals of flowers to wait for a victim to come by. It does not show that much camouflage as the females do, but tiny as it is it maybe does not need to hide. Very powerful long front legs enable it to attack and to kill a victim very quickly on its seemingly romantic flower balcony.

The female:

By the way, the male crabe spider is said to show a fascinating behaviour before having sex. Obviously, the tiny lover has to watch out and take care to stay alive. So he ties up his large bride using a spider web silk he produces. That seems to be merely a ritualistic procedure, however, as the female certainly is strong enough to tear those silk ties apart without too much effort. But usually, she is willing to let her tiny lover have sex with her that way without swallowing him. Males of related species are even said to bring a nicely wrapped up prey as a gift to the female in order to pacify her before attempting to have sex with her. Sorry I do not have any pictures of these rituals but just a story to go with a quite normal picture.

Take care, and have a nice evening.

Camera: Minolta Dimage 7Hi, with integrated tele-zoom and macro. No flash, no tripod. The picture was taken on Moedlinger Eichkogel a few kilometres south of Vienna, on May 29, 2004.

Thank you for looking.

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To Ingrid1: the dangerous sex life of the crab spider ...peter_stoeckl 1 07-09 10:05
To Toucadoo: Thank you, Paulpeter_stoeckl 1 02-26 05:01
To ellis49: oversharpedpeter_stoeckl 1 01-29 14:59
To SkyF: Danke!peter_stoeckl 1 01-29 12:22
To thistle: Thank you.peter_stoeckl 1 01-28 11:56
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Hallo Peter, tolles Makro. Wieder ein schönes Exemplar einer Krabbenspinne. Diesen Winzling hatte ich schon mal mit grünen Körper gesehen. Danke, habe was aus Deinen beiden Lektionen gelernt. So mach TN richtig Spaß! Danke für das schöne Foto.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-01-27 17:11]
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Eine sehr schoen Kombination der schoene Bluete und der interessanten Spinne. Klasse Schaerfe und die Farben sind sagenahft.

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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2006-01-27 17:24]

Nice macro Peter. I love the composition and the colors. Well Done

Hi Peter
Great Picture. Incredible color and composition. Great POV
Good note
Thank You JC

Olá Peter,
cores fantásticas aqui, parece que a aranha está apreciando a flor, tudo está ótimo, parabéns!!!


Hi Pieter,
its a very nice clos-up with nice colours.
Well composed and good POV, but I think you have cropped it
little to much, the details are a wee oversharped.
Well done.

This one is very interesting. You can't often see a male Misumena vatia. Females are more spectacular and more often photographed. The picture has lovely colours and very good composition.
I like it.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-01-28 13:53]

Very good Peter!
Romantic...but dangerous...
Excelent details of the spider and centre of the flower too!
Beautiful colours!
Very good POV!
Keep on going!

Wonderful photo, composition and technically wise! Thanks for sharing - Xplorator Radu

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-01-31 14:59]

Hi Peter,
Very nice colours and interesting composition,
excellent macro,
Thanks for sharing!

Beautiful composition and colors in this very nice capture of what looks to be a monster invading a ballroom and the dancers gathered in a circle, panick strickened. Well done Peter. :)

Hallo Peter.
Das photo hier ist so wunderschoen, es passt alles, die Schaerfe, die Klarheit und die farben sind axcelent.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-03-19 4:00]

Hello Peter, this shot remenber me something!! Splendid macro very romantic but very realist too. Composition, colors and sharpness are perfect. Congratulations Didier.

Dear Peter,
I am fascinated by your romantic side as well as your research of the dangerous sex life of the crab spider :-) your work is a MUST for my theme " animals' sex life".

Viewers will have to concentrate for three minutes and
read your notes :-)

Thanks for sharing
Take care
Gute Nacht

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