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Thanks for the inspiration Marius

Thanks for the inspiration Marius
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Copyright: Denis Mark (dmark11) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 9 N: 655] (2633)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-08
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-08-08 14:14
Viewed: 3093
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have added another image in workshop of the underside of the spider.

This is a female Marbled orb-weaver spider (Araneus marmoreus). The unlucky soul all wrapped up is a female meadow hawk who flew by my head and into a net that I didn't know was there. It was over in seconds.


Araneus marmoreus

The genus Araneus has about 1,500 species worldwide, making it the largest of all the spider genera. Araneus marmoreus is found throughout all of Canada to Alaska, the northern Rockies, from North Dakota to Texas, and then east to the Atlantic. It is one of our showiest orbweavers.

Adult female marbled orbweavers are 9 to 20 millimeters in length with very large abdomens that are mostly orange with brown to purple markings and spots of pale yellow. Occasionally the abdomens are nearly white in color. The cephalothorax is yellow to burnt-orange with a central dark line and dark lines down either side. The femora and patellae are orange. The other leg segments are yellow, becoming brown at the distal ends, as are all of the legs of the males.

Life History/Behavior
The webs are found in trees, shrubs and tall weeds, and grasses in moist, wooded settings and can frequently be found along the banks of streams. The webs are oriented vertically and have a “signal” thread attached to the center that notifies the spider when prey has been captured. Unlike the Argiope garden spiders, Araneus marmoreus hides in a silken retreat to the side of the web (at the end of the signal thread). In adults, the retreat is made of leaves folded over and held together with silk. Immature spiders make their retreats out of silk only.

Egg cocoons, which contain several hundred eggs, are generally deposited in October and are constructed of white silk formed in a flattened sphere. Immature spiders emerge from the cocoons in spring. Adults are seen from midsummer until the first hard freeze of fall.

Medical Importance
As with the other orbweavers, the marbled orbweaver is not considered a medically important species.

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Hello Denis,
This is very impressive macro of this spider! great timing, excellent details sharpness and very nice contrast against the background, great shot!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-08-08 14:51]

Hello Denis!
What a super macro with so great sharpness and amazing details! The BG is great!
Many congrats and thanks for sharing with us!
Regards from,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-08 15:58]

Hi Denis,fantastic macro,a great moment and a magnificent capture in a difficult position and light.Very well done,have a nice and thanks,Luciano

Hello Denis,
Superb capture of a spider attack. The venom is higly efficient.
The victim is paralyzed instantly.
The clarity, contrast and sharpness are perfect.
Splendid details and colors. Thanks for sharing!

Hi Denis,

Excellent macro image of this awesome event Denis, amazing sharpness with such fine details, splendid exposure control which lends to the beautiful colours, love the out of focus mottled green background that gives this image impact, great effort here my friend and very well done,
Best regards,


Hello Denis,
fine capture of this spider with good sharpness and a well chosen POV. I especially like your good timing to shoot it with its prey. Beautiful colours and nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

Nice to see all the details on the spider. Interesting markings and colours. regards yiannis

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-08-09 6:44]

Very fine natural history image of this spider with its prey, good details on the spider. tfs.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-08-09 7:15]

Hello Denis,
This is a superb capture of the predator spider and its capture! Technicaly first class with fine colours, DOF and sharpness against a nice contrasting natural BG.
Well done and TFS!

hello Denis
very nice picture with good details and great sharpness
very nice colours to
greeting lou

Great macro Denis! The POV, the composition and the BG are excellent. The colours and the lighting are fantastic. The sharpness is impressive.

Hi Denis,
nice point of view. Amazing colours. Excellent composition. Interesting note.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Denis,

this are an nice one.Suburp macro shot with good pov and sharpness.
Nice blurred bg.
Fine colors.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-08-10 4:45]

Hi Denis.
Simply great close-up. DOF cannot be better. All subject is sharp and is isolated from BG superbly. Green colourful canvas is excellent BG for the spider and its prey. WS is also excellent by subject and quality. My compliments and TFS.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-08-10 19:50]

Hello Denis,
Now this is a spectacular capture. The detail is incredible and the colors are simply beautiful. Love the close composition and excellent lighting. Perfect exposure and wonderful DOF. Superb shot!! Very informative notes!

Hello Denis,
Brilliant clarity and definition. And excellent DOF. Well done to have captured this at all, let alone in such good quality. Best wishes.

fantastic spider capture, tFS Ori

Hi Denis,

Great, timely shot! What goes around, comes around as they say - those Meadowhawks are constantly munching/bullying other bugs. The primary orange of the spider's body contrasts so well with the OOF greens & really sets the table for this pleasing composition.



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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-08-19 4:33]

Hello Denis,
Impressive spider-picture, Denis. You had a good inspiration from Marius. What a huge "main-course" the spider is wrapping in! Poor dragonfly!
Excellent central presentation too.
Kind regards

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