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Wasp spider

Wasp spider
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Copyright: Roma Januchowska (romuszka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 233 W: 9 N: 352] (2263)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-24
Categories: Insects, Spiders
Camera: Konica Minolta Dimage Z3, 10x macro
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Spiders on my road [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-06 7:51
Viewed: 4295
Points: 22
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Wasp spider /Argiope bruennichi/

Female wasp spiders are 11-17 mm and males are 4-6 mm. The females are distinctively marked with a silvery thorax and black, yellow and white striped abdomen, but the males are pale brown.
They live in long grass and low vegetation. Because the egg sac is made on grass leaves, this spider can only become established where grass is not regularly managed. But this spider does occasionally turn up in barley fields.
Wasp spiders hunt flying insects and grasshoppers. Experiments have shown that they are also capable of dealing with the fearsome bombardier beetle. The bombardier beetle can produce a blast of hot chemicals from the tip of its abdomen. By wrapping the beetle in silk, the spider can immobilise it from a safe distance.
Wasp spiders build an orb web with a vertical zigzag pattern of silk in it called a stabilimentum. The purpose of the stabilimentum is unclear but it is thought that it helps attract insects. Previous theories have suggested that the stabilimentum makes the web more stable or deters birds flying through the large webs.
The male is much smaller than the female. He waits at the edge of the female's web until she has shed her skin to become mature. He then takes advantage of the fact that the female's jaws are soft to mate with her in safety. Many males, however, are eaten while mating.

ISO 50
0,70 EV
Fl 10,27mm

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Hi Roma,
a fine close-up picture wiht good sharpness and details.
The DOF is also good, the entire spider within focus and
the BG nicely blurred. Nice colours and light.
Well done.

Hello Roma
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Perfect compo,DOF and BG,
A little bit underexposure,
Welldone, TFS

Good Luck

Czesc Roma,
Kolejna udana fotka. Moj ulubiony pajak. Moge je na dzialce kilogramami zbierac :)

Sympa et bien colorée !
Bonne journée.

Hello Roma,
Wonderful image. Very good background.
Excellent overall colouration.

Good capture. POV + color composition are good too.

Beautiful spider image Roma.
Very good composition and lovely pose of the spider with two of his legs in front and three of the other legs nearer to the body, holing the cob web in between to attack when ever neccesary.
Sharpness and exposure are spot on and the details and soft, well matching to the colors of the spider, background are wonderful.
Excellent work.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend.
Kindest regards, Harry

Hello Roma,
Delicate colours and patterns, fine details are captured!
Insect is well framed, showing well how it moves around the web...
Well composed macro!
Pablo -

Salut Roma
Magnifique photo en macro de cette belle araignée tissant sa toile.Les détails sont très bons anisi que la belle composition
Merci et au revoir...JP

Superbe macro avec belles couleurs.

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2007-07-20 15:09]

Wspaniale makro. Rewelacyjny robal, te jego kontrastowe kolory sa niesamowite. Swietne zdjecie.


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