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Mangora acalypha


Mangora acalypha
Photo Information
Copyright: Anghel Eliz (eliz) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica-Minolta Dynax 5D, Konica Minolta AF 18-70mm(D)
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Insects [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-02 14:11
Viewed: 4363
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I think this is Mangora acalypha

This is the single Northern European species of the genus Mangora. It has an unmistakable appearance. The spider spins an orb-web on bushes and low vegetation and sits in the centre of the hub in wait for prey.

Although it's not the greatest quality shot I'm quite pleased to be presenting this on TN as it has taken me quite a while to find the ID of this one. Also please bear in mind she is only 4 mm long.

The spider can be found on low vegetation such as heather, gorse and other bushes (I found this one on long grass). It is mature in summer and is fairly common, in southern England, much rarer in the North.

http://volny.cz/als2/araneidae_Mangora_acalypha_F1_D.html
http://www.naturamediterraneo.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=45793

p.s. I shoot this using the kit lens, inverted.


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-09-03 7:03]

A very nice picture.

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