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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/6.6
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Araneae (Spiders), Spiders of the World, Arthropods except insects [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-21 7:05
Viewed: 5731
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
Last time I wrote some words about self-defence Techniques in months, so maybe today - just to make Some contrast - something about predatory strategies in spiders :>

As you know very well, all spider species are Predatory, and they usually hunt for insects and other invertebrates, even if some species can occasionally catch also small vertebrates.
But their hunting strategies are really diverse:

1. Web - the most characteristic "equipment" for this invertebrate group. The main types are:

- regullar in shape, spiral, build on the basis of elipsa or circle - known in families Araneidae, Nephilidae or Tetragnathidae, and using to collect usually flying insects

- irregular in shape, messy-looking, and tangled - known in family Theridiidae, and using to catch mainly ground active arthropods

- a single web line, often with "glue" at the end - it is vibrated by spider to imitate sounds produced by some moth species during mating. Prey is caught like fish by an angler

- funnel-web - occurring in Agelenidae, using to catch insects active near the ground surface

2. Mimicry - spider tries to look like its prey, this strategy is typical for some Salticidae spiders.

3. Camouflage - spider tries to "be invisible", often noted in families Thomisidae,

4. Active hunting - spiders do not construct webs for hunting. Prey is caught after short pursuit (Lycosidae, Pisauridae) or after "jump" (Salticidae).

Of course creature from this picture belongs to the 4th category. This is a female of Hogna radiata (Latreille 1817) (Lycosidae, wolf spiders, pogoncowate) . The ID is thanks to Umit Kebapci (kebapci).

As this is my first spider photo on TN, your comments and critiques are more than welcomed!!! :>

MMM, mariki, rousettus, boreocypriensis, oanaotilia, tedesse, horia, JoseMiguel, vanderschelden, Jamesp, Alex99, cataclysta, uleko, Emanuele67, Ena, haraprasan, matatur, warnzy has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Ena: :>cicindela 2 02-23 15:33
To kebapci: spider IDcicindela 2 02-23 14:24
To uleko: thank you :)cicindela 1 02-23 10:12
To Argus: spider pictures :)cicindela 1 02-23 10:05
To mariki: Schizocosacicindela 1 02-22 01:48
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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-21 7:13]

Hello Radomir
Excelelnt presentation
Sharp image with excellent details.Well composed image with nice natural color.Text is also very interesting.
TFS Michel

Hello Radomir,
Nice to see another great macro of yours with sharp details, great composition and POV. Frame and eyes look great. good and informative notes always
TFS, well done

Woww... An excelent close-up of this wonderful spider friend with your wonderful notes. TFS.


Very nice Wolf Spider! Would like to have seen a view from the top as well....might help with ID. But, a very good pic regardless!

Fantastycznie wyszukany i pieknie pokazany.
Super foto i notka.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-21 11:43]

Superb shot of this Wolf Spider Radomir!
The composition is fantastic.
We have an almost wide-angle view of it!
Sharp with lots of detail and good clarity.
Superb lighting and I love the earthy colours. This guy is very camouflaged!
Excellent DOF.
Well done!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-21 12:47]

Hi Radek and nice to see you again here, my dear friend :)
I hope you are well.

Again an excellent and very educational post from you.
A very good photo and a very nice note, too.
Excellent details on this spider - with great textures and light on the important elements. Also, the DOF is rather well chosen to focus on the important part of the spider and exclude as much as possible from the surroundings.
Overall: very nice and interesting.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Radomir,
Excellent image!
I like a lot the close approach and sharp details got.
I feel like been seeing by the spider.
The good exposure settings helped to stand out the insect from the almost same colour background.
It's so interesting the info in your notes.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hello Radomir,
Excellent work! For example I do like the POV.
Good compo as well.
Well done !

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-21 22:13]

Hi Radomir

Wonderful detail - superb exposure and focus. An excellent note too,


Hello Radomir,

Very nice capture of this spider. Excellent POV and sharpness. Good composition. Very nice natural colours. You could even take the picture of a snail under the spider.


PS: I tried to find the ID on internet. I found Schizocosa sp. (www.cirrusimage.com/spider_wolf.htm)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-02-22 9:12]

Radomir, you have started getting lovely shots recently. Excellent work. Ganesh

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-22 9:23]

Hi Radomir.
Excellent photo and superb note. I like both of them. However, my main words are about image. As usual, terrific sharpness and details of the spider image and its impressive surroundings. We can see all even tiniest denials of the scene. I also like unusual and impressive colour palette and perfect flash work. Framing is precise and wonderful too. My compliments and kind wishes.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-22 19:31]

Hi Radomir,
Wonderful profile shot of this Wolf Spider. Looks so scary with those long legs and huge abdomen. Perfectly camouflaged too. I like your low POV and composition. Kudos.

Czesc Radziu
Nastepna swietna fotka. Dobra glebia ostrosci fajne naturalne otoczenie i dobra kompozycja I oczywiscie te wredne oczka mordercy ;-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-23 5:58]
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Hello Radomir,
Brilliant macro of this Wolf Spider. Spiders are very fascinating and I had a phase when I tried to learn more about them but soon gave up! Thanks for your note that helps!
You're showing us excellent sharp details here and I like the way you've managed to get such a low POV. Well done!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-23 6:30]
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Hello Radomir,
Great shot of a Wolf Spider and really excellent for a first-spider shot.
I like the lateral POV taken with good focusing and sharpness and though the impression is that it is a little dark, the colours look natural and the use of flash has brightened its eyes.
Good one, Radomir, and thanks for sharing it and the fine informative and educational note.
Best wishes from ┼hus,

This is a fat female Hogna radiata, it is a rather thermophil species. Schizocosa is a Nearctic genus. They make docile pets, but i couldnt personally manage to keep long to breed. A good one. TFS

Hi Radomir
great capture
wonderful details & useful note
best regards

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-24 0:39]
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Hi Radomir,
Scary spider :-)
Good shot!
Lovely composition!

Hi Radomir,
Congratulation,beautiful spider,very good photo.

Hi Radek,
A lovely capture of this wolf spider. Very good composition and details. What a name Hogna radiata I like this name very much. Thanks a lot for sharing.

A very succesful "first try" Radomir, the lateral POV shows the spider to a perfection in fine detail and gives a sound idea about its habitual surroundings. And it is a pleasure reading your detailed notes my friend, TFS and cheers,

Hi Radomir,

My goodness!!! This is frightening looking beast. Great shot though with stunning detail. Love the way me merges into the undergrowth, but is clearly on dislay. I love the picture, but I doubt it's one I like hanging on my bedroom wall!


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