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Elegant Crab Spider

Elegant Crab Spider
Photo Information
Copyright: Denis Mark (dmark11) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 9 N: 655] (2633)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-30 5:25
Viewed: 3071
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a female crab spider with the scientific name of Xysticus elegans or Elegant Crab spider. The females are much larger so I am assuming it is a female. These spiders are Crab spiders but they hunt differently than the ususal Golden rod spiders that abush prey in flowers. The Elegant crab spider is a ground and wood spider thus the brown camo. This one was in fact in a thistle flower which proves they can adapt. I hope someone likes this, I think it is just creepy.

I don't have any more information, there isn't much on the net about this. I have just what I have read in books.

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i like the many elements of this photo, the well defined and interesting body of the spider and the closed bud and the random thisle flowers. Excellent depth of field and details. regards yiannis

Hi Denis,
excellent sharpness and many details. Nice natural colours. Great composition.
Have a nice Saturday,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-07-30 8:31]

Hi Denis,
Nice natural colours good composition and sharpness details.
Very good work.
Regards Jiri.

hello Denis
very nice picture
great details lovely pose and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Denis,
very nice capture of this crab spider with a well chosen POV and a fine composition. I especially like the beautiful flowers and the good sharpness.
Best wishes,

Hello Denis,
A very nice image with a crab spider.
The colors, details and focus are superb.
Thanks for sharing!

Hallo Denis
This is absolutely splendid Such a delight to look at such fine detail and splendour. The combination of colours in contrast with one another is just great. Camerawork is truly praiseworthy. I cannot make up my mind which I like best, the spider or the flower. A real pleasure to add a smiley to this one. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2011-07-30 13:33]
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Hello Denis,
Macro work hey, this is stunning Denis. Fantastic image quality with great details and wonderful colours, great work. Denis I use this site for information, have a look you might like it.

Hi Denis,

Long time no see, great shot of this ominous looking Spider, lovely camera skills and well done,
Best regards,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-31 2:42]

Hello Denis,
Excellent sharp detailed photo of this spider in beautiful natural colours. Good diagonal composition and DOF.

Impressive photo Denis! Interesting subject, excellent POV and composition, very good sharpness and fantastic colours.

Hallo Denis,
a very beautiful macro shot of this Crab spider, good sharpness and marvellous natural colours, nice composition
Best regards

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