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Araneus diadematus

Araneus diadematus
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-10-04
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Nikon D5200, 90mm Tamron AF SP f/2.8 VC USD
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2015-10-04 22:48
Viewed: 1151
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Araneus diadematus Clerck, 1758
Aranaea: Araneidae
Common names: European garden spider, diadem spider, cross spider, crowned orb weaver.

Araneus diadematus is an orb-weaver spider found in Europe and many other countries all over the world. Individual spiders colourings can range from extremely light yellow to very dark grey, but all A. diadematus have mottled white markings across the dorsal abdomen, with four or more segments forming a cross.

Adult females range in length from 6.5 to 20 mm (0.26 to 0.79 in), while males range from 5.5 to 13 mm (0.22 to 0.51 in). Occasionally, the female will eat the male directly after mating.

The legs of orb-weaver spiders are specialized for spinning orb webs. The webs are built by the larger females who hang head down in the center of the web or remain hidden in nearby foliage, with one claw hooked to a signal line connected to the main orb waiting for a disturbance to signal the arrival of prey. Prey is then quickly bitten and wrapped in silk before being stored for later consumption. The initial bite serves to paralyze the prey and minimize the danger of the spider herself being stung or bitten, and the enzymes thus injected serve to begin liquefaction of the prey's internal structures.

A. diadematus is a reclusive creature and only bites humans if cornered or otherwise provoked. The bite is not unlike a mild bee sting

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Very interesting and attractive design on the abdomen of this Spider, Nikos.
The picture is pin sharp and well composed.

hallo Nikos
beautiful colored spider
good sharpness and good details
thanks gr lou

Ciao Nikos, great macro of fantastic spider, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-10-05 14:54]

Hi Nikos,great capture from above of this spider very common in my country too.The sharpness is the best to show us its unmistakable body design in the best way,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-10-06 17:02]

Hello Nikos,
You have done a wonderful job of photographing this very colorful and intricately marked spider. The detail is impeccable and you obtained excellent DOF with your f18 aperture. The exposure is perfect and I like the overall composition. Well done!!

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