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owner of the fearful cave

owner of the fearful cave
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Copyright: Ersin UYANIK (eruyanik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 658 W: 23 N: 1216] (5046)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot A610
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-14 3:51
Viewed: 3284
Points: 24
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Yesterday I went to the Sakarya University at mid-afternoon after a rainy morning, yes, i discovered the treasure of this university recently! This was my second visit to there. The university has built on a great place, built on a hill which looks Sapanca Lake. It's really a nice place. There are some pine and oak forests around there. I think these forests will be a rich garden for mushrooms at autumn! I'm really excited right now ;-) i visited to a pine forest on there, it has got rich species! I took some photos to the insects like moth, skipper which i've seen for the first time! I will upload them soon. But for today i chose a spider that i know already, but i haven't taken a nice photo of it until yesterday:-)

This guy gave me a pose in front of his home. The home looks a little bit scary and has got some mystery in it i think! To be honestly i don't want to be a guest in that home, i don't know what do you think!

It's a labyrinth spider - Agelena labyrinthica...

Labyrinth spiders

Latin name: Agelena labyrinthica

Size: Up to 18mms long

Distribution: common

Months seen: June to October

Food: Flies and other small insects

Habitat: Found in long, rough grass and low down on trees and shrubs

Special features: The abdomen of the labyrinth spider features a central pale brown stripe with a darker, more greyish band on either side. The darker bands have tiny white dashes or chevron markings running through them.

Labyrinth spiders produce a sheet web. It's so thick in places that it appears white in colour.

The web can be at ground level or up to 1.5 metres from the ground. The majority are found around 60cms from the ground. They are nearly always built along a south facing hedgerow, verge or grassy bank.

At one end there is a funnel shaped retreat, which can cause alarm because it is sometimes confused with other more dangerous funnel web spiders. Further down the funnel is the labyrinth of tunnels which gives this spider its name.

If you could find your way through the tunnels you would eventually find the reason for this mysterious construction. Hidden in the centre is the egg sac containing all the developing young.

The females remains with the young until they are ready to leave the labyrinth. Sometimes she dies before they leave, and in this case the young will eat their mother.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-14 4:00]

Hello Ersin,
Wonderful close up.POV,details,waterdrops on nest,lighting,details and composition are excellent.

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-06-14 5:09]

Hi Ersin,
Wonderful close-up; looks straight out of a horror movie! Very good DOF and lighting

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-14 5:43]
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Hi Ersin,
It really looks like something from a sci-fi film, Alien perhaps. I don't want to be a guest there either :-) It's a great shot, the framing is perfect and there is a lot to look at. Exposure is great, detail is excellent. The POV too is very good, I think the way you've framed the spider and still given us a view of the dark tunnel behind her is excellent. Great shot and note, excellent work!

Hi Ersin,
Do you know what Shelob was? I bet this is one of her Turkish cousins! ;-)

Lovely shot of these spider. We have them in Poland too. The picture is great! I love the depth of this shot with the gloomy tunnel in BG. I also like a lot the pose of the spider, the look of the web with drops of water and different things kind of sticked to it.
Really looks like a little Shelob to me!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-06-14 6:58]

A great capture Ersin,
It makes me glad that we are much bigger than spiders,this is a scary looking place!
Excellent detail and good lighting,a great POV.
Great shot.


Hi Ersin ! I love this shot, reminds me Lord of The Rings when they enter the tunnel with this giant spider. :-) I really love the pose of this spider, looks like it was ready to jump on you. Details, colors, composition and POV are great, as usual. The water droplets are nice too. Very well done !

Hello ersin, excllent details and colors, BG, POF, DOV, perfect lighting, TFS Kyle

No time for a decent critique mf,
BUT a well deserved :)

Looks like the King of his grotto, my word for it, Ersin!
This picture actually looks like the set of a sci-fi movie with this character in the lead role!
A very impressive picture of this spider in its "scary" environment, as you put it correctly in your interesting note.

Ersin hakikaten korkunç bir mağara. Yüzüklerin Efendisindeki Shelob a benziyor.

Ellerine sağlık...

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-06-14 15:00]

Hello Ersin, I don't want to be a guest there either! Looking at your picture I think of Frodo in Lord of the Ring when he encounter the giant spider! It is the den of the Beast! Great pov and composition. You managed well also the exposition and the details are frightening ;-)... Very well done and TFS,


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