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Copyright: Angelina Deans (angybone) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 14 N: 2372] (7684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-04
Categories: Spiders
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 40-150 f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-04 19:20
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GENUS and SPECIES: Argiope aurantia

We call her Charlotte. She's been living in a web next to the fence for quite a while now. Every time I pass her, I talk to her. I've been watching her carry her little bundles of food from the outer edges of the web to the center where she eats them. Today I came home and was upset to see that she had died. She was hanging in her web, lifeless, legs curled up in the typical spider death pose.

I told my husband that I was almost tempted to cry for her. I did a few things around the house and grabbed my camera to go exploring. When I passed her web, there she was - good as new. First her 'old body' was hanging high in the web where she'd discarded it. I got a few shots of that. Then about an hour later, she had the body in the center. I'm not sure what she did with it from there, but its gone now.

While you can't see it here, she also has her boyfriend living with her. He just showed up yesterday. Guess she needed a new outfit for him. ;)

Ecdydis is what the experts call the process of shedding her old self.

"In order to grow, spiders must periodically shed their exoskeletons. This is a fascinating process to watch, but one which leaves the spider very vulnerable until its new skin hardens. When the spider is about to shed, the inside layers of its skin are digested. It anchors its legs on part of its web, hanging upside down. The top of the carapace splits open and the spider literally falls out of its old shell. It doesn't fall because it is anchored by a strand of silk from its spinnerets. As soon as the spider is completely free of its old skin, it hangs limp for awhile, then spreads its legs out to let them dry.female argiope spider just before laying eggs In the photograph above at right, the old skin is visible at the top, while the spider hangs below. At this point the spider is expanding its size, and it can even grow a new limb if one was lost before. " Garden Bits

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-04 20:21]

Hi Angelina,
Wonderful portrait shot of this spider with lovely colours and sharp details. Amazing how we do fall in love with these creatures in our garden, probably our love for nature has kindled new awakening. I also have a few of these insects whom I adore and try to meet every morning. Excellent POV here and a superb composition. Kudos.

Hi Angy
Vary sharp detail and color in this spider. Very nice shot and very interesting note.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-04 21:19]

Hi Angy,

Fascinating notes! Wonderful picture to illustrate the process. The spider is nice and sharp with great colors. The web shows up very well. Thank you for this interesting post.


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-08-04 21:34]
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When I saw your photo I had to smile. I took several photos of a spider just like this one today!
Very sharp with excellent details and colors. Great light on your subject. Interesting note.

Hi Angelina,
Very nice shot and great story about Charlotte.
I'm affraid her boyfriend will not last long because after mating he will have to run or will be eaten by her :)
Excellent sharpness and wonderful details.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice Sunday,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-08-04 23:23]

Hello Angelina,
a picture 100% fitting the intention of TN. You show a valuable and brilliant nature document. Focus and sharpness are pretty good.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Angy,

What a very sharp shot. Beautiful colours. Good BG and DOF. Nice composition. Until the next shot from her? Regards and TFS Bob

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2007-08-05 0:34]

Hello Angelina,
Your note is very interesting and shot is also very well done.
Best wishes, Pawel

Hello Angy,
Very interesting composition with clarity, lovely colour and details!
good bg colour against the spiders that makes them stands out!
well composed and well seen

Hello Angelina,
wonderfull spider, very nice shot, great sharpness and colors, I like this composition,
well done,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-05 2:36]

hello Angelina,
Excellent portrait of Charlotte. I love this natural picture and the magnificent light you caught in this shot.

Hi Angelina,
A beautiful signature spider. Very nice details an POV. Excellent composition and colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Angelina,
Wonderful macro shot of spiders with lovely colours and sharp details.
well done.

Great note! very educational and interesting.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-05 5:45]

Hi Angelina.and Charlotte. very good detail in the spider.you have captured the markings so well. with good colour and POV. very well done TFS. good notes too.

Did not know that spiders did this! I guess with exoskeletons, it makes sense. Great sharp focus and composition.

Well done,

Hi Angy,
Great capture of the spider with her discarded shell...Excellent exposure and color, the detail of the back of the head(thorax?) is amazing...Very well done...


Still, my orb-weaver is now bigger than your spider ;-)

An interesting and understandable change... both in subjects for your pictures and in time of life for Charlotte. Looks as though you had time to dot all your eyes and cross all the t's. Very well done.


hi angelina,
wonderful shot, liked the composition, the effect of light looks lovely, sharp image with good details,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-05 13:24]

Superb posting of the life cycle at work.
Colours and details are spot-on

Hi Ange,
That is a cool shot! I have observed these often, and even have an excellent shot of one in my TN gallery. But I have never observed the exoskeleton like that. Spot on exposure. The colors and detail in this are really great!

Hello Angelina,
A delicate capture with superb details!
I like how details of the web is included in this natural habitat...
Well composed presentation!
Pablo -

Yikes! What an incredible capture - stunning actually. Terrific macro shot, wonderful subject, lighting, and new against old. Nicely, nicely done.

selam Angelina, excellent shot and very good composition of this big spider nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done my friend !
Regards ridvan

Great shot...I like how you were able to get both her and her old exoskeleton in the shot. Your note is top-notch, too. Aren't they fascinating creatures?

Very cool story Angy! Quite an impressive new outfit for this lady as well!

HI Angelina,
Lovely shot with explicatory notes,
great colors of this two spiders, well capture
TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

What an interesting story and follow up to my post of the same species last week. Thanks so much for sharing it and your photo!

Evelynn : )

Yucky..I am afraid of spiders. But they sure look neat in photos.
Angelina..this is a great story with a really good photo.That bright light behind gives a nice effect. Very clear focus of the spidies..
I have not forgotten...first thing in morning.

The story .... SUSPENSE!!!
Photography ... CLEAR... EXACT... Stunning. AMAZING.
You ARE getting GOOD at this.
Warm regards to you and your husband,
Mario from the 'cold'.
P.S. This AM we got the first "sign" of the approching cold.

You have recorded a strange but fascinating phenomenon of nature here. The old discarded shell and the new avatar side by side tell a great tale of rejuvenation.
The image is very well captured with the web making a fine background.
The large patch of overexposure, perhaps created by some source of light behind the web, fortunately does not distract.
It was a pleasure to go back to this image in your portfolio.

Hi Angelina,
Clear details with nice colors and exposure (upper BG excluded)..
The web is clearly seen against the darker BG also, nice.
This is an adult Argiope aurantia, I posted a much smaller immature two years ago..They always seem to hang on their webs head down...Keeps the blood flowing there I guess ;}}
Well done.

For the PICTURE, I greet you. For the STORY I honour you.

Hi Angelina.
Wow, interesting notes and a fantastic image to go with them. Great detail and exposure.


Hello Angelina,

This is a very good educational presentation! You captured it very well! I especially like the way you told us the "story" of your neighbor. Your composition is very good simply because of the nicely blurred background which isolates the subject from the surroundings and even makes the spider web perfectly visible. The colors are well saturated and contrast is very good. Very well done! TFS!

With Friendly Regards,

Hello Angelina. Excellent shot at this colorful spider. The sharpness and detail of the spider and the web is commendable. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

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