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Father? or Food..

Father? or Food..
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Copyright: Bente Feldballe (milloup) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 40 N: 619] (1716)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-22
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300XR, Hama Close-up +2
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Araneae (Spiders) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-23 5:46
Viewed: 9511
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Araneus quadratus, Orb-web spider. I came across this couple of orb-web spiders yesterday morning. The male was tentatively trying to get close to the female for quite a good while, but he eventually chickened out, so I don't think any actual mating took place - at least not while I was watching. He'd move up to where the female was sitting and then stand in front of her waving his legs a little, edging closer all the time. She was sitting quite still, but when her legs suddenly moved forward, he'd use his life-line and swing out. He then climbed back in and started all over. When he swung out the second time, the female seemed to lose patience with him and climbed away. The male seemed very conscious of the fact that instead of becoming a father he was indeed risking to become her lunch..
Spidery Seductions: The male and female's organs don't meet during mating, but fertilisation is internal and the male does not leave a sperm packet lying around for the female. Male spiders have pedipalps: special structures on their front legs used to contain and transfer their sperm into the females (other arachnids just squirt sperm on the ground or in a sperm packet and somehow get the female to take it up). The male spins a special web on which he deposits a drop of sperm. He then sucks up the sperm into the swollen appendages near his mouth (pedipalps) which look like boxing gloves and work like an eyedropper. Even though it involves such a tiny amount of sperm, the process of sucking it up can be long: half an hour in most spiders and up to 3-4 hours in some mygalomorphs! The male then goes in search of a female, often finding her by following the pheromone-laden draglines she leaves behind. To complete the mating, the male transfers the sperm to the female by inserting his pedipalps into her genital opening and squirts the sperm into her. The pedipalps and genital opening fit like a lock and key, to ensure he mates with only the right species. She stores the sperm alive in a special organ until it is time to lay her eggs.
Size: Females up to 15mms, males up to 8mms.
Months seen: June to October.
Habitat: Found in tall grass, bushes and hedgerows.
Food: Small flying insects.
Treatment: Crop, brightness +5, contrast +10, saturation +10, USM and resize.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-23 5:54]

Bente, all your shots are extremely good but I think this one is one of the best. Everything is exceptional. I wonder if he gave it another go? Great work!

Excellent macro Bente.
Good note as usual.
10 points

très sympa comme prise de vue, j'aime beaucoup la posture des arraignées, on dirait qu'elles discutent ensemble

Yes, excellent Macro, and note to go with it. Poor fellow.

The capture is very good Bente,
Both sharp, with great details,good note also, you did a very good job here, I like it too.

WWOOOWW! You have just made my day. I love 'em spiders. And this photo gives me twice the pleasure. Great detail and DOF combined with such a note. Wonderfull stuff. Unique compo. Great work. Thank you so much. Were did the web go?

Good work as usual! Informative note too. I really like the way you've managed to isolate our arachnid friends so well from the background - that said I think I'd have preferred just a little more DOF so that the nearest legs on the female were in focus slightly more. Perhaps a slightly looser crop too, not sure about that though... Very nicely captured, a well deserved :-D

Bente, Good shot, very nice. I am no spider lover but this is good. I understand your title. 'Lover or lunch' maybe sounds better but there is no talk of love anyway ;-)
Great shot.
Greetings, Jan

Very interesting capture. It is almost like they are floating in space, I can only see one strand of web in the photo. Good exposure and nice and sharp too. Too bad the spiders were not considerate enough to move their legs out of the way of their eyes ;)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-08-23 7:07]

Génial et impressionnant ces deux araignées face à face. Belle photo bien composée !
Well done !

excellent macro Bente..good job.
complete note.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-23 9:12]

A great capture.
Excellent sharp detail on both spiders.
A great background colour which sets them both off very nicely.
Excellent work and note too,very well done.

Epatant Bent.
deux pour le prix d'une. et quelle netteté malgré une DOF courte.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-23 12:03]

Wow what a note and the image doesn't lag behind! Excellent capture great DOF and composition. Thanks for posting

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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 50 N: 47] (130)
  • [2004-08-23 12:34]

Excellent comosition with splendid colors and very good note to go along .. you did great here Bente !!

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-23 13:38]

A very good note, Bente. Just great. The picture is beautiful, great detail and compo. A possible nit, but not for me really, they appear to be suspended in the air, no visible web strands. A squirt of water from a flower spray can bring out the web, but you might also "loose" them. I am thinking international juging here.

This is genuinely impressive, Bente. Supreme detail on the spiders that look like trapeze artists defying gravity. Lovely DOF and colors, and an outstanding note. Very good work.

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  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
  • [2004-08-24 13:52]

Lovely macro and a very informative note. Composition and colours spot on.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-25 10:12]

Impresionante primer plano Bente.
La nitidez alcanzada, incluyendo un perfecto DOF, los colores claros y naturales.
Excelente oportunidad y muy bien aprovechada.
(puntos mañana)

Impressive close up Bente.
The reached clearness, including a perfect DOF, the clear and natural colors.
Excellent opportunity and very well taken advantage.
(points tomorrow)

Superbe la composition est vraiment bonne , un beau controle de l'image , une tres belle macro tres originale .

Wonderful macro, Bente.
Very sharp indeed. I can just see a single thread of the web. Very well done.
Your accompanying note is splendid. Nice to hear the story behind the photo.

How could I miss this one Bente, and you even managed to clone out the strings - sorry but it is the only nit. Very good capture, very good details, very good colours and a perfect background - God, I miss the details of the web here. it would make it perfect.

Spiders floating in the air! You managed to create magic around these two. Your note about mating is very interesting. It explain how this is also a spider ritual. Therefore, your shot is not only a perfect photo, but also a story. Congratulations for coming across this and thanks for sharing it.

Amazing note. Amazing photo! I love that you can't even see the web due to the DOF and they seem suspsended in their own world

Elles n'en finissent pas de tomber, ces araignées.
Excellente photo. Merci de partager.

This is a very good and interesting capture Bente. Such a difference between the two. Excellent note to. Great post.

I am blown away ! This photo is the Ferrari F50 of macro phography !

A remarkable picture - but which is male and which is female?

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Note: ****

Stunning shot, just great!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-18 9:59]

Bente, no matter if it's father or food, the feeling I have is that they're dancing, as if performing a kind of ballet.

Excellent shot with a great POV and BG.


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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-01-27 14:10]

Co¶ wspania³ego zdjêcie rewelacja doskonale podpatrzone.

Thats a Very good Macro.
Very nice, better than Discovery rsrs.
Thanks a lot.

Incredibly sharp, great capture. Your note was very helpful as well.

Thanks for posting!


Great shot! Your patience paid u. Hope his also pays him! Cheers

Hi Bente, fantastic shot. A great moment you've caught and caught well. Excellent sharpness, detail and composition. Great note too. Beautifully done :)

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-03-27 16:10]

Very awesome photo with great details in both spiders. Colors, lighting, and Bokeh is awesome. I can't find one flaw. Perfection.

Hello Bente.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

Excelent capture,great macro.terrible immage.Regards.Alin.

great capture, TFS Ori

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