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Wasp spider

Wasp spider
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-10-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon IXUS 400, Canon 36-108mm équiv
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Araneae (Spiders), Spider, Argiope bruennichi [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-26 3:45
Viewed: 4042
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Common name : Wasp spider - Scientific name : Argiope Bruennichi - Family : Argiopidae.


This spider lives in open grassy areas and makes her web amongst the grass and low herbage.

This spider is, like all orb-weavers, not poisonous for us.
The adult female has a shining silvery cephalothorax (head) and a yellowish abdomen with black and white bars across it.

The adult female is much larger than the male. The male measures between 4 and 6 mm while the female has a full grown size between 14 - 17 mm.
When the female is loaded with eggs she can become enormous in size.
Argiopes can be easily identified by the zigzag of white silk in their webs. Like all orb-weavers, they have ringed legs.
The function of the zigzag of white silk in their web is not clear. There are several ideas what the purpose may be.
It may be used to attract insects because it is radiating UV-light and that attract insects. Another explanation is that it is to frighten predators. The spider shakes the web vigorously when something large is approaching and that result in a blurry white spot.
Another explanation can be that the spider makes the web clear to see and that should avoid large animals to destroy the web.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-03-26 4:37]

Very good macro shot of wasp spider!
POV,notes and BG very good...and I see a drop of water (dew) on the left as a bonus.Well done and TFS

This is a very attractive spider,and not one we see here in New Zealand.I've seen it before on TN,but hadn't heard its common name before.
Nice shot of it on this flax.
Thanks Christian.

Great macro Christan.
Colorfull with very good sharpness and very good details
Very good job.
WEll done

Nice capture of this wasp spider, good sharpness, details and DOF. I'd probably be tempted to crop some from the right (let the leaf it's sitting on end in the corner) to get the spider out of the left/right center alignment.
These spiders are becoming more common in Denmark these days, but I haven't seen one around here, yet.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-26 6:13]

So it is a wasp spider. Very good macro shot of it Christian. So very clear and sharp. Colours and details are very good. TFS.

Hello Christian and Happy Easter! Very good sharpness & details with great color. Very good notes also. Well done!

Great shot, not a nit everything's on place.
Well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-26 14:04]

One of my favourite spiders! Great close-up, detailed and sharp. Colorfull and very interesting subject, very good note also!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-26 15:01]

Hi Christian, very nice shot. I like the colours of this spider and most shots show it sitting in it's web. There is a little noise in the BG, you could use some noise reduction the help this. Good work.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-03-26 15:47]

I've never saw one like this before. Very good capture of this colorful spider. Good Dof and focus.
Thank you for sharing.

TAZ. An excellent macro on this Wasp spider. Very sharp detail with great color. The photo is perfectly composed and framed. Great Work!

Christian, this is very nice. Great lighting and pov. I like composition too.

I tried a little workshop.

Such a nice spider. They are part of my favourite spiders these orb weavers. Nice POV and pose. Very well done.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2005-03-29 8:34]

Cette argiope est l'une de mes araignées préférées.
La posture dans laquelle tu l'as photographiée est assez rare.
Ordinairement, elle se tient au beau milieu de sa toile, au niveau des herbes rases, ou se liasse tomber au sol lorsqu'elle est effrayée.
Si tu veux la shooter lorsqu'elle se nourrit (c'est un comportement assez spectaculaire), il te faudra faire le sacrifice d'un criquet (en général très commun dans son biotope), et le jeter dans la toile.
Cliché sensationnel à venir.
Le point de vue est très efficace, et la lumière très agréable.
Merci à toi.

Very nice macro Christian, superb detail, colour very well done.

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  • Pedda Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
  • [2005-04-24 12:38]

A well detailed portrait of this spider. Sharp and great colours. excellent jobb.

Thanks for sharing

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