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Misumena vatia

Misumena vatia
Photo Information
Copyright: didier garnier (ddg) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, 100mm f/2.8MacroØ58
Exposure: f/22, 1/15 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Spider, 40-49 Points (Chapter 6), Insects around the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-31 2:51
Viewed: 4237
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Arachnida
Order Araneae
Family Thomisidae
Genus Misumena
Size Male length: 3-4 mm Female length: 9-11 mm
Description. As the common name suggests, it is reminiscent of a crab, with its wide, flattened body form and habit of sitting with the first pair of legs held apart . This spider has the remarkable ability to alter its colour to match its background, usually a white or yellow flower, allowing it to become beautifully camouflaged . The sexes are different in appearance; females vary in colour from white to pale green or yellow, depending on the background. They tend to have two pairs of bright red spots on the abdomen, but these may be fused to form red lines or even entirely missing. Males are much smaller in size than females and have more slender greenish white abdomens that feature brown stripes.
Habitat. The crab spider can be found on flowers and shrubs in gardens, woodlands, grassland, and scrubby habitats .
Biology. This species does not spin a web to catch its prey. Instead it lies in wait on flowers and vegetation for a suitable prey species to visit and swiftly ambushes the insect . It then injects venom into the prey with the slender fangs.
Here on the post , Misumena vatia lies in wait on blue flower of Solanum laciniatum and just before it was coming of yellow flower of Rudbeckia.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-08-31 3:01]

Hi Didier,
Nice shot, I love the colours.
Great details.
DOF Perfect, I can see everything I need to in sharp focus.
Great composition.
Well done

  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-31 3:03]

Stunning colors, Didier. Beautiful capture with sharp details and excellent composition. Well done and TFS. : )


Excellent colours and composition.Very usefull your notes.Thank you for posting.

Une belle photo qui marque surtout par le contraste des couleurs. Ce jaune sur ce bleu est magnifique.
Bien vue le cadrage également.
Merci pour la note.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-31 3:39]

Mais il est impressionnant ce Didier. J'adore votre macro, l'araignée est superbe, les contrastes et les couleurs sont magnifiques, la netteté est tip-top ! Compliments sincères.


Brilliant colours and contrast.

Superb shot Didier!
Excellent quality, perfect POV and composition, but first of all amazing, strong colours.
I like the photo very much.

Hi Didier,
this is a wonderful shot.
Everything is perfect. DOF, POV and the colours are so pretty. What a superb arangement, thanks for sharing it with us
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Didier,
This one is really a great shot. The colors are eye popping!! Composition and detail are perfect. Great job here!

This is a good close-up, Didier.
The yellow spider with the blue flower is great,(the Swedish flag).
Well composed, good POV and details.Well seen from the dark BG.
Well done.

Salut Didier
Superbe composition, et ces couleurs sont de toutes beaute
Amicalement Christophe

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2005-08-31 10:29]

Absolutely a perfect macro. Bravo!

Great composition with splendid details Didier. I like the pose the crab spider has here !! Good Job !!

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-08-31 15:52]

Interesting object and pose. Great macro, excellent colours and very good details.
I like it very much.
Very well done! Regards.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-08-31 17:06]

Bonjour Didier
Quelles magnifiques coleurs. Très agréable composition aussi.

Nice shot Didier,
Another busy night. No time for proper critique.
Well captured, well worth the smiley.
Thanks for posting

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-31 18:21]

Amazing colours and details Didier! Lovely capture of this pretty flower and even prettier spider. Note also very good.

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  • momos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 57 W: 55 N: 171] (705)
  • [2005-09-01 6:27]

Πολύ όμορφη φωτογραφία Didier
Ο συνδυασμός των χρωμάτων είναι πολύ ωραίος και δεν υστερεί καθόλου σε οξύτητα.
Μπράβο!!! (gr)

Excellent macro Didier, Stunning colors and the dark BG really works well here. Sharp details with excellent DOF and light. I like it, Very well done.

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  • kency (438)
  • [2005-09-23 23:55]

Good and impressive shot Didier,I love the spider.
Well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-09-25 4:03]

I saw your other Crab Spider and just found this one. I love the colours together - purple and yellow. The spider certainly stands out so well against the flower. Well composed, excellent colours and sharp details. Well done Didier, thank you.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-11-24 17:45]

Great contrast shot, Didier! The spider is so well visible against this backgorund. Perfect shot.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-06-19 10:41]

Oh my gosh. I could only pray to get a shot like this. Look at the colors. Exposure is right on, Lighting is sweet.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-10-25 15:18]

Bonjour Didier,

Quelle magnifique photo de cette araignée-crabe (misumena vatia). Il est rare de la voir sur une fleur de cette couleur puisqu'elle ne peut changer que du blanc au jaune... La composition est magnifique et les détails super (on y voit bien tous les yeux!). Excellent prise de vue et très bonne maitrise de l'exposition sur ce jaune. Excellent!


hey dudes i just found one today and it scared the hell out of me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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