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Xysticus audax

Xysticus audax
Photo Information
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: 2008-06-17
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-02 8:35
Viewed: 3007
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lesser known backyard food chains:

This is is the less known Brown crab spider (Aranea; Thomisidae; Xysticus audax; Braune Krabbenspinne), a 6 mm long female. It devours an Autographa gamma caterpillar (Lepidoptera; Noctuidae) which had tasted some Red clover just before. Since spiders are in turn picked up by birds and certain Hymenopterans it comes to no surprise that the spider exhibits discrete colors.
ID: I used H. Bellmann, 2006. Kosmos Atlas der Spinnentiere Europas. Franckh-Kosmos Verlag Stuttgart, Germany for ID. The brown triangle on the Cephalothorax does not reach the abdomen in this species.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-02 8:41]

Hi Dietrich,this is a great macro taken in a decisive moment,the details and the colors are at the top,not easy to made so perfectly,great work,my best compliments,have a nice 2009,Luciano

hello dietrich

very good macro sho't

i like the spider ,with good colors

greeting lou

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-02 9:19]

Hello Dietrich!

I like very much your photos from backyard. Today real drama in microworld. I'm surprised that this caterpillar isn't toxic. Anyway great details, moment and composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-02 9:27]

Happy New Year Dietrich!
A fine image to remind us about one of the basics of nature, the food chain. An excellent macro of both the Brown Crab Spider and its prey, a half-grown A. gamma caterpillar. The technical qualities are superb and the POV and composition faultless.
Thank you and best wishes,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-02 10:56]

Hi Dietrich,
Excellent macro shot.Well caught,framed and composed.Moment you caught,POV and details are also wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

HI Dietrich,
3 Objekte die mir super gefallen - Spinne, Raupe und Tropfen - in atemberaubender Schärfe, besser geht's einfach nicht!
Wunderbarer Moment, vielen Dank.
Ich wünsch' Dir alles Gute für 2009, liebe Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi my dear friend Dietrich,
A perfect action shot of an ambusher feeding on its prey caterpillar from a great POV with excellent clarity. The left droplet on the leaf and its details provide a fantastic view:) to this action scene.
TFS this fine shot and i wish you a happy and healty New Year 2009 MF!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-03 3:48]

Hi Dietrich.
Happy New year and all the best in 2009.
Simply wonderful scene. Plant, spider, its prey and water drop create an amazing composition. DOF is fantastic. All scene is in focus. Lights and colours are great as usual. Bravo and kind regards.

A pider eating a caterpillar? It is not a common view Dietrich!
As always also this time you presented great photo - not only a documentary picture but also a very nice technical shot :)
What to say more? Bravo and TFS!
And of course - all the best in 2009 my TN Friend! :)
Greetings from winter Lodz,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-03 8:13]

Lieber Dieter,
Ein sehr interessantes Bild zum Jahresanfang! Diese Braune Krabbenspinne ist mir öfters im BOGA begegnet, fast immer mit einer Beute (allerdings kleiner als auf deinem Bild). Sehr gut ausgeleuchtete und konstruierte Darstellung. Gefällt mir sehr,hübsch die poetische Note des Wassertropfens!
As guets niws Jahr
Herzliche Grüsse

Primero, gracias por tus buenos deseos para este año; yo te deseo lo mismo. Si vas al País Vasco creo que disfrutará, principalmente porque lo habitan personas amables y abiertas, su cultura y como no, su paisaje, que creo saben cuidar a pesar de la fuerte industrialización.
En cuanto a tu toma, un excelente trabajo lleno de interesantes detalles.
Un abrazo Dietrich: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Dietrich,

A fine photo of this spider and its prey. Excellent detail and color.


Hello Dietrich,
Very cool - Love this image.
The crystal ball rt has predicted no escape for the cat..
And nature moves inexorably forward.
Right place, right time for the photographer anyway ;-}
Thank you for this wonder!

Awesome shot, definitely...

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