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Most sought-after spider in the UK

Most sought-after spider in the UK
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Copyright: Stephen Emerson (Signal-Womb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1020 W: 58 N: 2904] (11094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EFS 18-55mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 1, Jumping spiders (Salticidae) of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-03 7:24
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my second post of the Ladybird spider. This is the male which only emerges out of its burrow for two weeks in May to breed. Lucky for me this was the very time I was in Turkey. The male is an extremely attractive animal, unmistakably marked with red, black and white which has led to its nickname of the 'ladybird spider'.

Found scattered across northern and central Europe It is rare everywhere, especially in the UK. It used to be found on the Dorset heaths, and possibly in the Isle of Wight and Cornwall, but is now restricted to a patch of heathland in Dorset measuring about 50 metres across surrounded by a pine plantation.

By 1993 it was estimated that there were probably no more than 50 individuals left in Britain and the ladybird spider was added to English Nature's Species Recovery Programme. By the end of the summer of 2000 nearly 600 individuals had been counted and eight occupied burrows were moved successfully.

This has led to a change of plan and the Dorset site may now prove sufficiently established to allow re-introductions to be made to former known sites using pure-bred UK spiders instead of captive bred ones.

**** In Workshop Iv added a measure to image ****

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS Windows
Exposure Time: 1/125 sec
F-Stop: f/7.1
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 55/1 mm

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2005-07-03 9:50]

A strange spider but very coloured, beautiful image. Never seen this one in our region.

Awesome capture of a scary looking spider. How big is this? It looks kind of like a tarantula.

Good POV and focus.

Belle photo Stephen, la couleur de cette araignée est très belle.
Bravo !

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-07-03 11:58]

Piêkny okaz ,wspaniale ma kolory.
Fotka Ok.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-07-03 13:20]

very nice one Stephen,
I like the macro, it is well composed,not an easy shot, I like the pov, and the fantastic dof, very good job,
gr. Jaap

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-03 17:36]

Stephen, beautiful colors and excellent composition.

A beautiful spider, a great photo.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-07-03 19:57]

What a beauty Stephen, she is so pretty... never see a beautiful spider like this just yet. Great catch! Nice details and DOF. Thanks for sharing

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-07-04 1:11]

That is a most attractive spider, Stephen. So colorful and interesting pattern on its back. You captured it with sharp details and good light and excellent composition. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-04 2:58]

Just beautifull. One of prettiest spiders in amazing capture!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-04 3:31]

Help me, I am afraid ;-) Beautiful and interesting composition for this superb spider ! Good POV, great colors and details ! Thanks for sharing Stephen.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-04 5:35]

Hi Stephen, I bet you were thrilled to see it in Turkey. It is an attractive spider (but please don't tell Greg - Red45 that I said so) and you show him so sharp and colourful. Very well done. Congrats.

Would love to see this critter in real life, Steve. Wonderfull subject one of the most striking I've seen. Love this, well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-05 4:23]

Ooops, nearly missed this one. Great shot Stephen. I want to see one of these in the UK, I really do - so a very apt title. Lovely specimen, good composition, very nice work.

Great catch. Congratulations! I've seen your ear;ier post and this one is obviously better. Cheers

Hi Stephen!
Believe me or not but for me it is one of the most beautiful spider species I have ever seen. Very small and very colourful. Very good details and POV.
TFS and best greetings,

PS. Really funny picture in your intro ;>

wonderful black and red design , vivid colors and sharp details
i just saw the workshop and its so tiny!

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