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Misumena vatia

Misumena vatia
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Copyright: Leon Trippaers (letr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 50 N: 47] (130)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, 37mm-370mm, UV
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/630 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Araneae (Spiders), Crab spiders with prey, !Crab/Grab Spiders [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-06 10:14
Viewed: 6436
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Misumena vatia female

Family Thomisidae
This is a large family with more than 3000 known species. Sixty-two are found in this region. They are not active hunters and make more use of the camouflage techniques than other spiders. The color of the spider is adapted to the hunting terrain they use and is mostly extravagant. They remain unmoved until the prey arrives and catches it. With a venomous bite (not dangerous to humans) they kill their prey and suck it dry. Crab spiders can be found on flowers or leaves of plants. Often the crab spider remains for days, even weeks at the same spot. The front two legs, that are often larger and stronger than the other six, are held sideways, ready to catch the prey immediately. Because they sit on easily spotted places, they are also easy to catch by the predators. When they spot a possible enemy, they move quickly at the other site of the flower or leave.

The Misumena vatia is a crab spider that can adapt its color to her surrounding. The color of its body can change between snow white, egg sac yellow and green. The change of color takes 2-3 days. Its main menu is bees. The spider seizes the bee by its front legs and bites it in the bee's neck. The spider keeps its hold on the bee until the bee gives up its resistance. If the spider catches a lot of prey, it hangs its surplus stock below its hiding place.

They are easy recognizable if you tease them. They widen their legs and move side ways like a crab. Their size is between 4 - 10 mm.

picture taken in my garden,you see the spider biting in the bee's neck with all the litle flies taking adventage of a free meal ..used the flash on this due the contrasting colors off the subjects.cropped, resized and ran trough NI.

Enjoy !

carper, japie, AndyB, PDP, RAP, gerhardt, jhm, nwoehnl, Callie, Dingo has marked this note useful
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Prachtige compositie Leon.
Deze heeft een hele mooie kleuren een goede dof en echt ik vind de compositie erg mooi.
Erg goed werk

Very good action macro.
Nice color and very good sharpness
Great note too.
Well done.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-08-06 13:52]

A great macro shot.
I like the composition, DOF and colors.
Nice details level.
Good job you did here.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-06 14:23]

A nice macro shot.
Very good detail and composition.
Amazing detail of those tiny flies!
A great capture,very well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-06 14:26]
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Incredible DOF and detail. The colors are great and so is the composition. What would the little insect on the bee be?

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-06 14:45]

Superb shot Leon. You've done very well to get all that action with so much detail. Congratulations.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-06 15:00]

Gran captura Leon... como la de la araña ;-)
En un primer momento, no entendí la imagen, por la existencia también de las moscas (que hacen ellas alli?).
Luego de leer tus notas, entendi el final de la caceria.
Gran DOF, permite ver nitidamente los insectos.

Great capture Leon... like the one of the spider ;-)
At a first moment, I did not understand the image, by the existence also of the flies (that do they there?). After reading your notes, I understood the end of the hunting.
Great DOF, allows to see the insects clearly.
Beautiful colors and excellent perspective.
Colores bellos y excelente perspectiva.

WOW! What an exceptional take. Great compo, detail, colours everything. Spiders are my favourite, only a pleasure to add this to the theme. Great work. Detailed note too. Breathless. The flies on the back, unbelievable.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-08-07 3:05]

Een zeer mooie macro Leon, de natuur is hard, maar uw foto is mooi en goed van kleur, prachtig.

Very impressive shot, Leon. A lot of detail very crisply captured, and with good colors. Fine diagonal composition, and very good job on the notes, too.

Nice note & I really like the theimage here. Well done.

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  • Dingo (24)
  • [2004-08-10 10:25]

An excellent note, Leon. I haven't seen any in the Antwerp region, though. Nice capture, the flash is not disturbing at all. Well done, TFS.

Merkwaardig mooie compositie, Leon, je moet wel even tweemaal goed kijken maar dat is leuke van dit aktieshot. Warme heldere kleuren en goed frame.

Leon, Simply an astouding photo! Not only have you got the bee caught by the crab spider, but all those extra flies!
WOW. I have one suggestion: the photo needs to be rotated.
Based on my observations I see the prey above the spider.
See WS Hope this helps, Jay

PS I recommend a re-post.

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