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Argiope bruennichi female

Argiope bruennichi female
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-09-21
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Nikon D5200, 90mm Tamron AF SP f/2.8 VC USD
Exposure: f/16, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2015-09-21 11:29
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Points: 12
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Argiope bruennichi (Scopoli, 1772)
Araneae: Araneidae
Common name: wasp spider

A. bruennichi is a native spider of Mediterranean areas, and has only recently colonised in nother Europe. Wasp spider is a good example of climate changes. It was spreading by the time from southern Europe to nothern one, Despite the warning colouration this is not a dangerous species. The wasp-like appearance is probably defensive, to deter predators.

The Wasp Spider builds its web close to the ground in order to catch grasshoppers and crickets. The female can often be seen hanging upside-down in the middle of her web throughout summer and autumn. The web features a distinctive zig-zag patterned section running vertically through it.

The large abdomen features yellow, black and white stripes, and the cephalothorax is covered with silver coloured hair. When viewed from underneath you can see two yellow stripes running lengthways along the abdomen ( I posted the underside of abdomen).

The female Wasp Spider creates one of the largest egg sacs of any of the spiders found in Britain. It is flask shaped, brown in colour and about 25mm across. She fills it with eggs and then seals the top with more silk.

The male is much smaller, and is only active for a couple of weeks in July. Like many other male spiders, he has to be careful when mating, to ensure he doesn't end up as dinner for the female.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-09-21 12:18]

Hello Nikos,
Superb shot on this Wasp spider. The colors, composition, and framing are outstanding. Detail is very sharp.Regards Sigi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-09-21 16:05]

Hi Nikos,perfect capture of this spider,very common in my country too,great sharpness on the body to show us in the best way its curious and nice design,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-09-21 17:08]

Hello Nikos,
Your Wasp Spider is certainly a colorful specimen. I have never seen one quite like it, but can definitely see how it got it's name. Beautiful contrasting colors and tac sharp detail. I like the way it is posed diagonally across the frame.

Ciao Nikos, great macro of fantastic spider, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Great macro Nikos , sharp and perfect BG.

Thanks for sharing.

Hallo Nikos
great shot of this beauty spider who i like
thanks gr lou

Hello Nikos,

Very well captured this spider. Well BG and nice details. Just want to go for decentralize composition....
Thanks for showing such beautiful spider in its natural habitat,

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