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Nuctenea umbratica

Nuctenea umbratica
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Copyright: Henk Jacobs (oochappan) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 39 W: 1 N: 68] (174)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-30
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm, ISO-200, Digital Raw
Exposure: f/22, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Araneae (Spiders) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-03 5:03
Viewed: 5238
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
View from his belly.

Platte wielwebspin
Deze platte spin komt voornamelijk voor onder schors van dode bomen waar het zich gedurende de dag verstopt.
Het mannetje is ongeveer 9 mm lang en het vrouwtje 14 mm.

Nuctenea umbratica closely related to the common garden cross spider, which has a flattened body to allow it to get underneath bark. Most invertebrates have a dispersal stage. Beetle larvae that live in rotten wood may have nectar-feeding or predatory adults, which fly or walk up to possibly a few hundred metres. As concentrations of ancient trees are few, a beetle leaving its park is unlikely to find another ancient tree. If dead wood is removed, there will be nowhere to go and the whole population will disappear. It is for this reason that only sites with a long history of ancient trees and dead wood have important invertebrate populations. Isolated ancient trees normally have those invertebrates which are good colonisers and so are more common.
Female grows to around 14mms, male up to 9mms.
Food: Moths and other night-flying insects. It is most active at night, and catches its prey in a web. During the early evening these spiders can be seen constructing new orb-webs.
The colouring and patterning of these spiders does not vary much and their shiny abdomen is usually flattened.

I could have crop it to the inner square but I had fun to use this framing towards a rather blured background maybe an inspiration to value up a more creativity approach of nature presentation that hasn't to be dull at all ?

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Very nice Henk. This I like. You got very close to this 1cm spider. Great macro. I think this is the one hiding in my tree at day and spinning his web at night. He looks like garden cross but flatter. Have you perhaps a photo of it from the top? How did you do the subtle frames it looks nice?

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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 50 N: 47] (130)
  • [2004-09-03 13:29]

Excellent Details Henk, you did great on this macro with splendid colors and subtil but effective framing .. good job !

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-03 15:11]

The picture is great, and the underside certainly does look like you have the right ID. I'm not overkeen on this frame, I do agree it hones in on the target but I think I would without the frame, frames are always highly subjective so I'll stop there! It's a good picture. Well done.

I have a few shots of the top view of this spider, not really good enought to post here but I will happily email them to anyone interested.

Nice shot of the platte wielwebspin.
Mooie kleuren, goede scherpte en vooral het gebruikte frame is fantastisch, Henk !

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