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Goldenrod Spider

Goldenrod Spider
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-17
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 55 mm
Exposure: f/22, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Spider, !Crab/Grab Spiders, Fantastic macros! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-27 13:20
Viewed: 6137
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The first photo and the name of this spider I have found out at Philippe Moniotte (pgmoni): http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Europe/Belgium/photo24789.htm

The name of a plant was prompted me by Cosmin Manci (cosmln): Echium vulgare from Boraginaceae family, who only has paid attention to my beauty (http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Europe/Ukraine/photo58288.htm)

Goldenrod Spider:

Look closely at a yellow flower and you may see the Crab Spider -- also called the Goldenrod Spider -- sitting on it!
This hunting spider has a short, broad abdomen and legs that are held outstretched to the side that enable it to move sideways, forward and back just like a crab.
The male Crab Spider is 1/8 inch long, and the female is 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch long. Usually white with red stripes on the sides of the abdomen, this spider can change its color to yellow.

Crab Spiders live throughout North America and southern Canada.
The Goldenrod Crab Spider is commonly found in Virginia's gardens, meadow, fields, woods edges, and shrubbery.
Its favorite habitat would be on flower blossoms, particularly those yellow or white in color, like daisies or goldenrod flowers.

Goldenrod Spiders prey upon insects that land on flowers such as bees, wasps, butter-flies and moths.
Their camouflage ability allows this spider to blend with the yellow color of flowers and remain unseen by their prey.
While these spiders are considered to be hunters, they most often wait for their prey to come to them and then bite and capture their food!

The Goldenrod Spider has the unique ability to camouflage itself by changing its color from white to yellow.
By blending with the color of a flower blossom, it is difficult to be seen by either its predators or its prey!
If threatened by a predator, the Crab Spider can drop off the flower by means of a dragline, later climbing back up to reposition itself on the blossom.

See also:
http://animalexploration.tripod.com/goldenrodspider.html http://www.sarnia.com/groups/lwi/Pic_of_week/crabspider_pic.htm

horia, thor68, AdrianW, jchemas, Pictures_Collec, ellis49, thistle, soccer, TAZ, CTP, jcoowanitwong, cicindela, marmottelolo, cedryk, izler, oscarromulus, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Maite: Replacement of colour. Thanks a lot.Alex99 1 11-25 08:21
To cicindela: Many Thanks & BGAlex99 1 01-31 15:08
To thor68: Crab SpiderAlex99 1 06-30 02:47
To thistle: About coloursAlex99 1 06-28 04:39
To saguzar: ThanksAlex99 1 06-27 13:54
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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-06-27 13:26]

A very interesting pose you have here, Alexei. This truly is an amazing spider. The picture is a great work...a very beautiful macro. I like the colors, detail and DOF. Thanks for sharing and Bravo!

hello Alexei,
Marvelous and beautiful macro photo, I love the fine details and the intense colours. Good use of flash.
Blue and yellow, truly an ukrainian spider! :)
Thanks for sharing

Hi Alexei,
that's marvelous, I love this shot, so sharp and with perfect colours. I also had a crab-spider here a few days ago, but yours is much more better, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

What a beautiful spider Alexei.
Superb composition, colors and details.
Great POV and BG.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-06-27 15:20]

Hallo Alexei,
stunning artistic work and staging of this spider! Beautiful colours and light.

Hi Alexei,

Superb picture. Fabulous colours. Really nice macro and comment.

is he smiling?! *g*
amazing macro-shot, alexei! :-)
awesome composition, the details are terrific and so are the strong colors.
excellent pose and very good note.
well done & take care, thor.

  • ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
  • [2006-06-28 1:13]

Hi Alexei,
the colours are amazing in this picture ( I love blue abd Yellow;-))
Very good details, nice composition and POV.
Well done.

Points later, out of green ones.

Foto stupenda!
Bella cromaticità e buona composizione.


Hello Alexei,
Nice shot! The spider is nice;y catched with very good details and great POV. I like framing too. I must admit the colours look quite strange, especially the blue BG. It's not very natural shade of blue. Anyway, it's a good shot!


Very good detail, sharpness and colours shown here. The composition and Lighting definitely compliment the pic too. TFS,

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-29 1:27]

Wow ! What a wonderful and interesting macro that you have very well done ! Colors, exposure and sharpness are great. I also appreciate the complementary note...
Congratulations Alexie and thanks for sharing.

Alexei, the spider is wonderful and the colours are excellent. Great detail and notes.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-06-30 22:04]

Hi Alexei,
Excellent Spider capture my friend.
I like your pov,angle,framing,dof,colors,focus,sharpness,note and clean bg.TFS

Hi Alexei,
What a great shot of this crab-spider! Colors and sharpness are just amazing. This is a delightful macro, very, very well done! TFS,

Hello Alexei,
Sharp and crisp clear image. Well composed and well seen. A bit out of place for this spider, it is supposed to well camouflage. Anyway, a beautiful picture to cherish.


Here we are again with a common interest!
Well a lotta people appear to now know about Crab Spiders aka Flower Spiders.

Amazing though! You shot one on a blue flower!! Yes we have a specimen of the crab spider family here, and specifically the goldenrod crab spider. They have fascinated me for a long time. This yellowish monster you have here is like the ones I have seen in my Bushveld.

The spider in your shot is still in ambush mode, and is not yet feasting on that insect it plans to catch. Once it catches a prey it stuns it and then when the prey is comatose sucks it dry.

Have a look at my Theme Crab Spiders; I have included yours.
See also Come into my parlor...

Hope this helps, Jay

Hello again! ;)
And this time a spider.
I really like this photo. Very good DOF, nice BG and POV. The only thing which is not natural for me is the BG. Was it really a sky?
The note is also very informative :)

bonjour alex
je suis revenu loin dans votre galerie et je trouve cette photo tres etonnant par la multitude de couleurs qui la composent.
c'est une macro exceptionnelle!
tres nette et detaillée.

Hello Alex,
That's a beautiful portrait of the crab-spider. I like very much the fantastic colour contrast between the spider and the background. Also the light is great.
Very good job, my friend!
Best greetings,

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-04-08 5:47]

hello my friend
i see fantastic natural photo and successful using of flash, f values and tripod. composition, point of view, depth of field, lighting, colours and details are great
thanks for sharing

Alexei, my very dear friend,
Have never ever seen any thing like this in all of my 70 years.
Alexei, would this creature carry a poison lethal to humans? I remember that in Goa, India they exists a tiny yellow frog found usually within the flowering banana plants that is HIGHLY toxic to man too.
Warm regards from Canada from Mario.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-25 7:16]
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What a stunning and impressive capture!! I would be astonished by the perfect details on the flower and the little spider, who looks here like a big monster, if I were not acquainted with your photos. I wonder how did you get that blue color in the bg.
I like a lot this picture even if it is of a spider ;).
My compliments, dear friend.

Dear Alexei,
an intensely artistic super macro of mind-expanding psychedelic intensity. So glad to have found it wafter two years.
With thanks, and all my best wishes to you!

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