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Marpissa muscosa

Marpissa muscosa
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-26
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/22, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Jumping spiders (Salticidae) of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-30 11:08
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Better known backyard creatures:

This is a 9 mm long female Thieve jumping spider (Aranea; Salticidae; Marpissa muscosa; Diebes-Springspinne) on my house wall. It has an enticing stare thanks to the two large eyes capable of steric vision. Before the spider jumps on a prey, it has to estimate the size and the direction of movements by the prey with precision.

There are many species of jumping spiders in the Palaearctic but this one is widely distributed and abundant. It is also one of the few big species. I used H. Bellmann, 2006. Kosmos Atlas der Spinentiere Europas, for determination. You find distribution maps of European taxa on www.faunaeur.org.

When looking at the body plan of spiders, it's difficult to understand why they have four pairs of legs when all insects can do with three pairs so well. They also have more than two eyes. The many different uses of spider threads produced in abdominal glands are of course well studied: spiders make nets, lassoes, tripping wires, houses, doors, funnels, food packaging or they use threads for flying. The physicist Auguste Piccard used spider threads to build a sensitive instrument for measuring faint electric charges.

I had to do the shot free handed with a Macro and a dual fash with light dispersers. The pic was sharpened ad saturated by 12% in PS.

anel, JoseMiguel, ramthakur, clnaef, JORAPAVI, jeanpaul, cicindela, sily, Miss_Piggy has marked this note useful
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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-04-30 11:09]

Hello Dietrich, nice picture, great POV and BG..well done..

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-04-30 11:20]

Hallo Dieter,
Interessante frontale Aufnahme dieser Diebes-Springspinne. Sie hat Dir wirklich in das Objektiv geschaut! Deine Bilder werden immer besser, Dieter. Gratuliere für dieses gelungene Bild.
Einen schönen Abend wünscht Dir

Hi Dietrich,
An excellent capture of this lady!
I like so much the sharpness of the image, details got are very clear.
Very impressive the eyes and their contact with the viewer.
Great job done with the dual flash and handheld.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Excellent macro capture of this jumping spider, Dietrich.
The point of view is remarkable and the details, especially the eyes, are superb.

Hallo Dietrich,
ich bin fasziniert von diesen Augen - sie glänzen wundervoll, erstklassige Bildschärfe und ein tolles Motiv - eigentlich gehören Spinnen nicht gerade zu meinen Lieblingen, aber diese hat's mir angetan - wie gesagt - diese Augen ;-) Vielen Dank und lieben Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Nice macro shot. I like the backround. It looks like snow at first glance.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-30 17:11]

selam dietrich; wow wery good macro . colours, sharpness and details are wonderful! Excellent POV and pose well captured BG interestin eyes . Thank you for sharing,

Hola Dietrich,
Menudos ojitos tiene esta araña, la imagen excelente en todos los sentidos, gran nitidez biem contrastada con el fondo, y una iluminación bien ajustada. Saludos
José Ramón

Salut Dietrich
Elle est superbe cette prise de vue,Très belle définition du sujet et bon details, bonne macro, Merci et au revoir....JP

Hello Dietrich!
Another great macro! Salticidae spiders are not only very small and because of that duifficult to photograph, but also rather mobile creatures. Here you took a very good quality macro! I really like it! Great DOF and "face-to-face" POV makes this picture very interesting. I like also contrast between spider and the BG (not very natural but on the other hand I know that these spieders really like walls :>).
Summarizing: very well done my Friend!!!

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-05-07 13:43]

schuss Dietrich!
Very good close up of this little predator, great details POV and composition and lovely focus on his amazing colours and glittery eyes, well done!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-01-07 17:54]

Bonjour Dietrich,

Superbe spécimen. Le contraste est super et les détails sont extras.
Merci pour le partage.

Hallo Detriech
Amazing capture of this spider, very good detail and sharpness. I really like the eyes, and the detail is good and well presented. Looks like the spider is wearing a double pair of sunglasses. Just loving how close this is, showing of its beautiful colours. Excellent macro capture of this jumping spider and the point of view is remarkable. Thanks for sharing. I still enjoyed it a lot even if I dug it out of your older postings.
Kind regards

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