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Xysticus with prey

Xysticus with prey
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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/64 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Crab spiders with prey, The predator with the Prey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-21 3:52
Viewed: 4623
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I know some of you really don't like spiders and this shot won't for sure change it ;)

This is probably one of the most ugly looking spiders I know. Futhermore this hunter have just catch fat prey and now he has his fangs in the back of larvaes head. I will also add that the prey was still alive when I saw this scene, but because of the poison injected into it's head it stopped moving very quickly.

This spider belongs probably to the genus Xysticus. These are Crab spiders that usually wait for it's prey sitting on plants, but not on the flowers like well known Misumena vatia.
They are very well camouflaged and it's really hard to see them especially when they sit on dry leaves or grass.
I found some spiders only because I saw a metalic blue beetle, a fly or any other insect hanging on a plant. When I took a closer look I could find out what is happening cause spider was almost invisible.
I wouldn't find this one if the larvae wasn't moving.

I know it would've been better if the DOF was greater, but the light was so bad that day, that my camera didn't want to set any other f-stop than f/2.8 ;)
I like my Nicon, but I really have to buy something I could control ;)

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Very nice close-up! Very sharp.. some more DOF as you said could be better, but you've done a very nice job with this camera !

And.. I still hate spiders....

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-10-21 5:08]

Hello Monika,
Great POV and DOF, good pose, details and sharpness,
Excellent panning work!
Well done&TFS

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-21 5:10]

Wooooow ! What a wonderful and interesting close-up that you have very well done ! This spider with its prey is impressive. Congratulations Monika and thanks for sharing.

PS : You make great shots with this Nikon...

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-21 6:22]

.... :-o Excellent! This is just superb!!! Well done & TFS!


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-21 7:45]

Heavy metal hardcore picture Monika ;-) Spiders are fascinating! Even when they kill another insects. Even when you watch this cruel spectacle - poisoning, paralysing, sucking. There is something magnetic in this dance of death. Great photo and moment, very good note.

Excellent document, in spite of the shortish DOF. I had never seen a crab spider catching a caterpillar (well, I think it really is a Saw-Fly larva in this case) and it is amazing how the spider always manages to find the back of the head to bite in, whatever the structure of the prey may look like.
TFS for this unusual and informative picture

Hi Monika,
An excellent macro shot. You still got the best part in sharp detail. Great composition and framing. Excellent Work, and a great note.

Hello Monika!
Wonderful action macro.Colors,POV,DOF,framing and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-21 11:01]

What an incredible and dramatic shot, Monika. So interesting that that little spider would tackle such a huge prey (relatively speaking). The sharpness and light are perfect. Fantastic POV. Congratulations and TFS. : )

An Excellent shot Monika,
I think you control your Nikon very well, the results are always stunning. If I ever come to Poland, you could use my camera as much as you like, you would get some great shots with it.
Anyway, back to this post. Great colours, details and sharpness. Excellent POV and composition. Good notes and framing.
Thanks for posting, have a fantastic weekend my Friend.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-10-21 12:40]

Cześć Monika. Kolejne fantastyczne zdjęcie. Uchwycony wspaniały moment. Jakość idealna.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-21 13:23]

wauw Monika,
fantastic one, I never see this before, great composition, fantastic in pov and what a dof, very good shot I love it.
gr. Jaap

Hi Monika,
this is dramatic, what an interesting szene.
An I can see so many details, this is very amazing, thank you very much
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Monika, great shot, truly. You must spend a lot of time in the field to capture such interesting details. 7/10 Fine work.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-10-21 14:54]

Wow, ale zestaw potworków dzisiaj. Fajnie wypatrzone, Moniko. Dobra ostrość i kolory.
Pozdr. Al.

Pretty cool shot! it looks like Mr.Crabby got it fangs sunk into it's prey's head, either that or he's smoking one of those really big cuban cigars. The chromatic camouflage changes in this particular spider are incredible, these guys are definitely the chameleons of the arachnid world. Very dramatic photo with excellent POV. Paul :)

Brillant picture Monika. Fantastic sharpness, great warm colours and an excellent POV. I lke it very much. Congrats for this exellent work. Thanks for sharing.

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  • pat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 0 N: 125] (414)
  • [2005-10-22 4:08]

Excellent, very perfect shot of this "hunting scene"! Informative photo too, as it details the perforated leaf where the spider can hide and lurk for prey. DOF is really amazing covering the whole subject, and slowly merging the farther part of the leaf with the background. Interesting note on biology of his spider. Congratulations !

Well Monika, it may not be a pretty sight, however, it is pretty amazing that you were able to capture it in so much detail...

Maybe too much detail for me, but I do admire the skill that you used to do so.

Congratulations, and thank you for sharing it with us.

Excellent close work Monika. Very good plane of focus showing great sharpness & detail. The light & composition are excellent as well. Very well done & Thank you.

  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-10-23 10:58]

Hi Monika
very beautiful macro shot
perfect POV and DOF,nice pose and details
good timing :o)

Fantastic macro! The subject is interesting and the definition of the details superb how in a lot of your images!

This is one amazing photo, worthy of a cover, Monika!

Hola Monica, impresionante escena.
En este caso, el interes de la acción capturada disminuye considerablemente la atención sobre cualquier otro aspecto del conjunto. Felicitaciones.
He hecho un workshop con un encuadre algo mas ajustado y he modificado levemente el color a ver que opinas. (lo siento, creo que he agotado mis publicaciones por hoy, mańana te lo adjunto)
Un saludo de circe.

Wow, I missed this one. That poor caterpillar doesn't have a hope! Excellent lighting and composition. A really sharp image.
You certainly know what your doing when it comes to these shots.
Thanks for posting.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-23 16:25]

Hi Monika, this is a great shot! I love the Brown tones and you did a fantastic job to catch this one with prey. The DOF is very good considering it was F2.8!

Very well done!

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