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Cat Faced Spider

Cat Faced Spider
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Copyright: Bala Raman (kobala) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 27 W: 0 N: 61] (368)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-08-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 60D
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-10 14:45
Viewed: 2225
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the underbelly of a cat-faced spider (Araneus gemmoides). At the fag end of summer, the birds have started flying out of Stanley park in Vancouver and the winter birds are yet to arrive. Hence with my macro lens I was scouting the park and found this spider.

I did not know much about this spider. It was struggling to weave the web which was being continuously disturbed by the heavy breeze ( reminded me of King Robert the Bruce and the spider story).

I was fascinated by the skull-type part which I assumed as its face. But when I referred to the University of Washington, I found out that I had taken the photo of the underbelly of the spider (http://entomology.wsu.edu/outreach/bug-info/cat-face/ ).

The female cat-spider dies as soon as it lays the eggs. The young spiders have cannibal behavior. I found beautiful description of how a spider weaves its web in http://animals.howstuffworks.com/arachnids/spider5.htm . Spiders play an important role as beneficial predator keeping the population of many insect pests under control.

This was my first attempt in trying to macro-photo an insect. My apologies to TN members who have responded to my earlier photos. I have not been able to access TN with certain internet providers. I am hoping to rectify this soon.

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An unique piece of photography work.
I hope I see more of you on this site.
Loved your notes too.
Best and most kind regards from a fully snow covered city of Calgary, in Canada,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
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Hi Bala,truly perfect this capture,the best way to show us the beautiful body design of this strange spider,great detail everywhere and on the legs too,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Bala, great macro of lovely spider on beautiful web, fine details, splendid light, excellent sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Bala- Please put "S" in space of "A"(Apider). Well presented this Cat-faced Spider. I haven't heard about this spider before. Useful NOTE and great similarity with Robert Bruce Story. Good colour and details. Thanks for sharing. Regards- Srikumar

Hello Bala

Very nice shot of this spider,nice lighting, splendid sharpness, fine details,vivid natural colors, nice composition



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