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Araneus marmoreus

Araneus marmoreus
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: 2011-09-04
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Exposure: f/11, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-16 8:11
Viewed: 4185
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This spider is locally known as a Marbled orb-weaver.

The genus Araneus has about 1,500 species worldwide, making it the largest of all the spider genera. Araneus marmoreus is found throughout all of Canada to Alaska, the northern Rockies, from North Dakota to Texas, and then east to the Atlantic. It is one of our showiest orbweavers.

Adult female marbled orbweavers are 9 to 20 millimeters in length with very large abdomens that are mostly orange with brown to purple markings and spots of pale yellow. Occasionally the abdomens are nearly white in color. The cephalothorax is yellow to burnt-orange with a central dark line and dark lines down either side. The femora and patellae are orange. The other leg segments are yellow, becoming brown at the distal ends, as are all of the legs of the males.

Life History/Behavior
The webs are found in trees, shrubs and tall weeds, and grasses in moist, wooded settings and can frequently be found along the banks of streams. The webs are oriented vertically and have a “signal” thread attached to the center that notifies the spider when prey has been captured. Unlike the Argiope garden spiders, Araneus marmoreus hides in a silken retreat to the side of the web (at the end of the signal thread). In adults, the retreat is made of leaves folded over and held together with silk. Immature spiders make their retreats out of silk only.

Egg cocoons, which contain several hundred eggs, are generally deposited in October and are constructed of white silk formed in a flattened sphere. Immature spiders emerge from the cocoons in spring. Adults are seen from midsummer until the first hard freeze of fall.

marius-secan, Miss_Piggy, Dis. Ac., maurydv, paolo49, maaciejka, pegos, BREARD has marked this note useful
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Fine macro work Denis! Good clarity , sufficient depth of field, superb point of view and simplicity! Bravo!
George Veltchev

What a striking spider Denis, the colours are beautiful and the patterns just so perfectly shaped and formed. Wow and body is as round as round can be. A real showpiece in the world of tiny creatures. A real praiseworthy image. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Denis,
Spectacular macro with natural colors and very good clarity.
Wonderful contrast against the background.
You catch a lovely species.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Denis,

an great macro shot taken by you with good pov and suburp sharpness.
Fine colors.


hello Denis
super good sharpness macro with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-16 9:41]

Hello Denis,
A photo in great sharpness and details. There's even a catchlight in the eye. Beautiful clear colours and a nice blurred BG. Good DOF.

Hallo Denis,
a superb macro shot, impressive details and marvellous colours, excellent point of view and composition
Best regards

Hi Denis,
Very interesting viewpoint and beautiful image. tfs.

Hi Denis,
another interesting photo of spider. Great point of view. Nice colours and composition.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-09-16 11:07]

Hello Denis,
impressive macro shot of this Araneus! Great depth and detail; very good light, sharpness, POV. Well done!
Thanks for sharing

Hello Denis,
I love how this spider almost seems to "come out from the picture" Great!... Nice shot, interesting species.

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-16 23:00]

Bonjour Denis,
Très belle araignée aux très jolies couleurs et avec une excellente netteté.
Belle composition

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-09-17 5:55]

Very interesting spider, so fat, very colorful too, well taken. tfs.

Hi Denis,
A very good close-up of this spider, excellent depth of field, great details sharpness, nice point of view and beautiful colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice Sunday,
Best Regards,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-09-21 20:09]

Awesome shot Denis!!
What a large abdomen this guy has, and his markings are so unique. Beautiful coloration and fine detail. Your choice of an f/11 aperture resulted in some wonderful DOF. Well done!!

Ciao Denis. Very good close upe in amazing light and details. Wonderful colours.


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