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African Mask

African Mask
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Copyright: David Robert (Dave) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: NikonD200, AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8 ED
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-09-19 21:43
Viewed: 4685
Points: 14
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Orb Weaving Spider
This spider is making a meal of a walking stick(phasmatodea). It back reminds me of an African tribal mask thus the title. If anyone knows of a good website for identifying spiders I'd appreciate a link. Also, if anyone know which orb weaving spider this one is, I'd appreciate the ID.
I missed a good shot of this guy the other night when we returned home. I quickly shot a few pictures with a point and shoot then I went to get my tripod and big camera. When I returned my wife had already swept the web clean with the broom...;-( Fortunately the spider came back and let me get a shot I liked. Hopefully you will like it too. I posted the original uncropped picture as a workshop.
I started to take the picture with my camera on a tripod with remote, but my remote gets in the way of the flash, so I just shot it hand held.
Anyhow taking the picture was fun. I'm glad I took the time. I need to do that more often.
I hope you all enjoy.

Kind regards,


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-09-19 22:22]

Dinner time for the spider!
What a great 'face' the spider has on his back - yes, like an African Mask. Good focus David. It is very sharp and clear
Well done

Fantástica imagen al detalle bien contrastada.

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-09-21 7:21]

This is pretty good. Interesting composition and good lighting. A little more depth of field would have been desirable, but you can't always have everything. Nice job. Gary

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-21 7:49]

Hello David! It really looks like a mask, very good macro my friend, great sharpness and very good light, thanks!


Hi David,
Excellent macro shot of this Orb Weaving spider which is novely for me with very impressive sharpness and clarity. Excellent POV and composition. Thanks for sharing this fine image.


Hello Dave,

An excellent composition, the dark background helps define the spider, nice and sharp.

I took a look through my spider field guide, and couldn't come up with an exact ID, but I think it may be in the Neoscona genus, can't say for sure though. Many spiders can be really hard (impossible, more accurately) to ID to the species level, at least for us amateurs.


Hi Dave,
Great shot - If you hadn't told me it was munchin' on a "walking stick", I might've guessed a stick without legs anyway ;}
Very good color & flashwork, love the black BG.
Looks like a "Tropical Orb Weaver" (Eriophora ravilla) to me. They are common here where I live. Or a close relative..
Well done,

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