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Argiope trifasciata (F)

Argiope trifasciata (F)
Photo Information
Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-09-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 60, AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR DX
Exposure: f/16, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-09-27 21:04
Viewed: 2395
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A female Banded Garden Spider hangs in her web and consumes prey. I don't know if they are any less common then the similarly colored Argiope aurantia .... however their web is almost always located much closer to the ground and some momentary knee-bending gymnastics is often necessary to visually verify this particular spider species.

Size:Body length of mature female 10-26 mm;male 4-6 mm.

Color: Top of abdomen variable from silver to white with transverse bands of black, brown, and/or yellow. Trident mark frequently evident as well, the “tines” pointing to the hind end of the abdomen; underside of abdomen mottled black or brown with two parallel, vertical yellow stripes; carapace silver; legs strongly banded with black and yellow.
Eyes: Eye arrangement typical of orb weavers. Total of eight eyes.

Legs: Legs long; first two pairs of legs directed forward at rest in web, hind two pairs directed backwards.

Body: Abdomen oval, distinctly pointed toward rear.

Found throughout most of the United States (including Hawaii) and southern Canada; also the warmer regions of the entire globe, but absent from Europe and Japan and other places where Argiope bruennichi is found. Update: this species is now confirmed in the Mediterranean areas of Italy, but still appears to be absent from the rest of Europe.

Large, vertical, orb-shaped web is usually built close to the ground amid tangled grasses, weeds, and other vegetation. The main orb made by adult spiders can be 2 feet across or more. Web may be decorated with a loose, zigzag band of silk called a stabilimentum. Spider occupies hub (center) of web, hanging head down. The web is usually eaten and rebuilt every day, with the exceptions of the periods around molting and egg laying.


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Hello Derek,
Probably I wont be wrong if I say that this is a courageous capture with such a intentionally selected BG,and you have achieved the perfection in clarity as well as natural colours of the subject,My regards,_Joy.

Ciao Derek, fantastic spider on beautiful sky, wonderful colors, fine details, excellent sharpness and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

excellent image of spider. wonderful closeup. good background. tfs.

Hi Derek,
nice photo of this spider. I also like the blue sky as a background. Very good composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-09-28 7:48]

Hello Derek,
The colours in this photo are splendid. The clear contrast against the beautiful background is gorgeous. Good sharpness, details and centred composition.
Have a good weekend,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-09-28 8:46]

Hi Derek,great use of flash,to create this magic contrast between the colors of the spider and the sky in background,magnificent pov,details and composition,i like it!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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