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Misumena vatia

Misumena vatia
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Copyright: Karel Struna (Karl312) Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 1 N: 19] (184)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot A510
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Spiders of the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-15 7:22
Viewed: 4692
Points: 10
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Misumena Vatia

The Goldenrod Spider is a member of the crab spider family. It is best known for its ability to change its color from white to yellow in order to camouflage among flowers.

The female is the one most often seen. She is either yellow or white, depending on where she is, with red streaks on her abdomen.

The male is dark reddish-brown, with a whitish abdomen with dark red streaks. The male is smaller (about 1/8 inch) than the female (up to 3/8 inch).

Goldenrod Spiders are found wherever there are yellow and white flowers, especially goldenrod and daisies. This is usually in a field or garden.


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Hi Karel,
this is a beautiful photo.
I've never seen such a yellow spider.
That's a pretty composition with the frame.
Perfect DOF and POV.
Thanks for sharing
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-08-15 9:53]

Bonjour Karel, very nice composition. Flower has the appearance of lace. Sharpness and colors are good. TFS Didier.

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  • lucky Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 63 W: 5 N: 14] (84)
  • [2005-08-15 17:44]
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Amazing colour of this spider, it looks beautiful on the white flowers, good close-up shot! Sharpnes is good...
I would have done a tighter crop...
Anyway, very well done!

Hi Karel.. I have never seen such a yellow spider. The BG of soft white flowers is very nice. Sharpness and color is very good. Nicely done :-) Thanks for sharing this brightly colored spider with us!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-09-28 4:39]

Hi Karel, I've seen one of these yellow spiders before on TN (on a purple iris flower), and you show this one well. It is a little over-exposed, but that is the problem with whites, and this yellow spider. Well composed, it has great clarity. Well done and TFS.

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