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Waiting for the bugs

Waiting for the bugs
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-05
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z1
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Araneae (Spiders), Things in and around my house. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-05 11:24
Viewed: 8233
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tree Velvet Spider (Gandanameno echinatus)

Family: Eresidae

The spider shows various hues of dark-brown, yellowish brown to grey, abdomen sometimes with distinct patterns formed by white, orange or red setae. It’s carapace is rectangular, high or slightly flattened, usually densely clothed with hair, fovea circular but variable in depth. It has 8 eyes, median eyes close together, lateral eyes wide apart and posterior lateral eyes usually positioned far back on the carapace.

It’s abdomen is rounded to oval and densely clothed with hairs, frequently with patterns. The legs are short and stout with dense hairs, tarsi usually joined to metatarsi by almost rigid joints.

It belongs to the signal-web spinners, also known as a retreat web, is not a true "web" but has trip lines, extending from the retreat of the spider, that are used to signal to the inhabitant of the retreat that prey is approaching or within catching range. This web is commonly made by spiders having a cribellum.
The threads are usually not sticky and only serve as signal lines and not as catch lines.

The spiders use their legs and chelicerae to overpower their prey, or use silk from their spinnerets to cover the prey. Trip lines are usually used by the more primitive weavers as a hunting strategy.

They are usually found in the bark of Acacia trees. They are tree-sit-and-wait spiders.

In this instance I found it in the bark of the Acacia tree in my garden were I captured the Long Horned Beetle. I hope we can spend the summer together and that I can still get a couple of shots of it.

TAZ, carper, PDP, extramundi, AndyB, Callie, japie, RAP, ellis49, deud, Esox, Lourens, danyy has marked this note useful
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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-09-05 11:37]

Waouh ! Elle m'impressionne cette araignée qui semble énorme. Belle photo. La note est aussi excellente !
Well done !

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-09-05 12:24]

What an ugly thing is that Gerhard,
The composition is very nice, the colours are fine, sharpnes is good with an exelent note, great job

Good Morning Gerhard! Very interesting spider & surrounding natural environment. This background gives good contrast to a dark subject helping to bring out its detail I think. Thanks for the interesting note also..P.S. I used my old trusty maglight again (Halloween in September)as I've not yet purchased any external lighting. In any case this light produced the desired effect!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-05 13:13]
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Oh Lordy! How big is it? The mouthparts are huge! Great picture Gerhard and I know how much you love spiders so you must be proud. Well done. Great note as usual.

This seems to be a very very close macro, and the details are wonderful. Beautiful creture, nice shot.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-09-05 14:25]

An amazing looking spider and an amazing macro of it!
Very nice and sharp detail.
A great note too,very well done.

this sure is one ugly mother! It give me the creeps, where is the Doom? Gerhard, he/she really looks evil, you did very well. How big is it? Nice, striking and moody!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-05 17:46]

Henneman lyk vir my na 'n woeste plek en met die goete in die rondte dra almal seker gewere! Beautiful capture that send shivers down my spine. Seker ook soos die "Sparrrow" geneem Groetnis

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-05 18:25]

Horrible... espantoso... pero gran macro.
Los detalles y composicion de la imagen son muy buenas.
Espero dormir esta noche.... jejeje.

Horrible... frightful... but great macro.
The details and composition of the image are very good.
I hope to sleep tonight... jejeje.

Very good macro Gerhard
Nice composition and good colours with good details.
Good note.
Well done.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-09-06 7:36]

Brrr! Looks like the spider in Lord of the Rings: The return of the King! Good shot and nerves!

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-09-06 12:26]

Superb shot.
It seems so big!
Good sharpness.
Well done.

Nog 'n wenner Gerhard!! Dit is darem wragtag 'n lelike ding!! - kyk daardie twee oe!! Very nice DOF, sharpness and composition. Very good note as well.

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