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Copyright: Julia Hollis (Runnerduck) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 57 N: 616] (1851)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S5500, Raynox DCR-150
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-20 14:18
Viewed: 4633
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This image was taken at Frimley Hatches Nature Reserve which is excellent for all types of nature, as well as a spot of fishing, if you’re that way inclined.

Enoplognatha ovata

The Enoplognatha ovata can be very variable in colour. The paired black spots are always present. Its size is between 3 and 6 mm. The spider can be found on low vegetation and bushes, but can often be found on garden sheds. The female makes a bluish egg sac. The leaf in which she makes here egg sac is often slightly rolled. The E. ovata is very similar to E. latimana.

The colouring of this spider is quite variable, some of them have red markings some have no markings and are just pale green.
(Thanks to Paul ‘PDP’ for the ID)


Soldier Beetle – Cantharis Rustica

While the name may imply something less than desirable, Soldier Beetles (family Cantharidae) are considered to be beneficial insects. These good bugs are predators to a host of bad bugs including cucumber beetles, aphids, spider mites, various caterpillars, grasshopper eggs, beetle larvae and other insects and their eggs. While both the adults and larvae are predators, the adults will supplement their diet with pollen from plants such as wild lettuce, milkweed, hydrangea, and goldenrod - good things to have growing in your garden to encourage them to stay.

The adult beetles resemble fireflies, but don’t light up. They are slender, elongate, relatively flat insects, 1/3 - 1/2 inches long with a narrow, black abdomen, a bright red head or thorax and long, leathery wing covers.

The larvae are flat and dark-coloured and covered with hairs that give them a "velvety" appearance. The immature stages of soldier beetles are somewhat like the immature forms of lady beetles but are larger and more slender. Also soldier beetle larvae tend to be terrestrial rather than living on plants as lady beetle larvae do.

Soldier beetles go through a complete metamorphosis. Adults lay the eggs in clusters in the soil and have one or two offspring during the season. The larvae over winter in the soil and pupate in the spring.

There were a couple ‘copulating’ just next to this spiders web, this one wasn’t so lucky.


I'm not sure about the composition of this image - hope you like it.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-20 14:57]
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Hi Julia, nice shot. I can help you with the ID, it's Enoplognatha ovata. There are three colour forms and this is the most common, there is a form with two red bands and a form with a single broad red band.

Nice compositiona and colours. Good capture of this moment. Well done.

Nice macro, Julia.
You caught a great moment.
Nice colours and good composition.
Well done.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-07-20 16:20]
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SUPER ! ¦wietna kompozycja, dobre kolory.
Dobrze uchwycony moment. Dobre detale.

Hello Julia!
Amazing moment you captured!
great composition and wonderful photo.

Excellent composition!
Very sharp image, good lighting, nicely framed.
Great shot!

Your composition is good; the spider and its dinner is nice and sharp. Very good capture, and interesting notes too. Well done Julia.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-21 5:01]
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Sad but true - spider also has to eat ;-) Good moment and capture. I like composition, mood made by brown colours, shapes and pieces of spider's web everywhere. Very good work Julia!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-21 5:33]
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Hello Julia!
Wonderful capture.POV,lighting,details and composition are excellent.Very well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-21 6:19]
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Hi Julia,

This is a very nice capture. Nice and sharp. You've got some oe on the belly of the spider, but that's all. Good colors, well composed and great POV. Well done & TFS!


Hello Julia, This is well composed and a great scene as the spider attends its prey..Very good light, colors and details. Excellent note, Well done!

Hello Julia!
Wonderful wildlife scane.Moment you caught is great.I liked POV,details and composition very much.Thanks for sharing.

What a moment you have here for us. Love the spider kill shots.

Composition/placement: ****
Exposure: ***
Focus/sharpness: ***
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Impact: *****

Overall: ****

*Acceptable, **Average, ***Good, ****Great, *****Outstanding

The capture is very nice and interesting. I like the color contrast of the insects in the natural cereal frame.
I find this image a bit soft, just as my last post, in which I think you where too kind in your critic :D
Thanks very much Julia, I realy enjoy your spider shots, you seem to get in touch with them. Regards, Felipe.

Nice capture Julia,
Well composed, good detail and colours. Well framed and excellent notes.
I'm a bit rushed tonight, over celebrating this weekend. need sleep. no more lager!!!
Thanks for posting. have a good week.

Hi Julia,
The composition is awesome. All colors compliment each other.
This capture is great, excellent POV and lighting. You did well with this one.


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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-04 4:57]
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Hello Julia!
Excellent capture!Sharpness details, colours and composition great...
Thanks for posting

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-04 8:41]
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Hi Julia!
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Strong visual impact.
A not easy shot.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.

Julia, your portfolio is incredible. This picture, ditto. Marvellous shot of a really phenomenal moment in a spider's life... superb!
PS Thank you also for your critique, I appreciate.

What a great shot!

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  • kryger (10)
  • [2006-10-10 11:34]

I like it a lot - what a breathtaking and heart-stopping scene! ;)
The image could be a bit sharper, but nonetheless the POV is good enough.

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