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Arrowhead Spider

Arrowhead Spider
Photo Information
Copyright: John Denk (jpdenk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 3 N: 74] (333)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-08
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Nikon D90, 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor
Exposure: f/11, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects and Arachnids of the Chicago region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-09-08 20:13
Viewed: 4049
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is an Arrowhead Spider, Verrucosa arenata, a small orb-weaving spider found in hardwood forests of the eastern United States in summer along with related spiders in the Micrathena genus. The females (this one is a female) spin orb webs that are at just the right height to end up in the face of nature photographers. ;-)

Her web is typically re-spun every morning after removing the previous day's web prior to dawn.

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Hello John,
This is a very interesting spider(for me), and you have captured very well, very good details sharpness, good used of fill flash, nice web definition and lovely colours against the background,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

Hello John,
splendid capture of this interesting spider with good sharpness and many details. I especially like the vivid colours and the fine contrast against the dark background.
Best wishes,

Hallo John,
a very good capture of this spider, impressive details and bright colours, excellent point of view and composition
Best regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-09-09 20:43]

Hello John,
Great close-up of this pretty little Arrowhead Spider. There is no doubt about how it got it's name. Such a beautiful specimen and captured in fine detail and color. Very interesting notes also. Wonderful DOF and just the right exposure. Well done!!
I remember taking a shot of one of these guys about two yeears ago, but the image didn't turn out like I had hoped it would, so I never posted it. I didn't know what type of spider it was until now.

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