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Copyright: Jannie Maritz (Jannie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 6 N: 264] (1227)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-02
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 3100, Zoom Nikkor 5.8-17.4mm / 1 : 2.8-4.9, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/5.6
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-03 2:25
Viewed: 4659
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

This family is commonly called the Nursery web or Fishing spiders. They are harmless to man.

In South Africa the Pisauridae include 10 genera, most of which are diurnal. Some are web-bound and some not although they are all three clawed spiders. The webs of the web bound species have no capture ability and the spiders rely on speed to capture their prey. One need only attempt to try and catch one of these spiders to appreciate the speed at which they move.

Pisaurids are medium to very large arboreal, terrestrial or water associated spiders, ranging from 8 to 30 mm. The carapace is longer than wide with the elongated abdomen tapering posteriorly. The legs are relatively long and slender and depending on the genus, are held forward and backward or latrigrade. The integument is normally coloured in various shades of brown with lateral creamish bands on the carapace that may extend along the abdomen. On some, the abdomen may be marked with spots or have a folium (leaf-like marking). Others may have a lightish (brown, grey or cream) median band running dorsally along both its carapace and abdomen.

All Pisaurids construct a round white egg case that is carried under the sternum held in the chelicerae (jaws). This causes them to assume a tiptoe stance. Just before the eggs are due to hatch, the female constructs a nursery web around the egg case. This is attached to the vegetation with a supporting web around it. The spiderlings leave the nursery after one or two moults.

Can anyone please confirm this or ID correctly. I'm not a 100% sure I got it right.

Thanx for viewing and I appreciate any crits.

honza, Janice, wallhalla15, PDP, ellis49, CTP, loot has marked this note useful
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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-02-03 2:38]

Fantastic sharpness and POV on this spider. I like the composition too. The black BG really makes the spider stand out. And those eyes!
Great job, Jannie. TFS. : )

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-02-03 2:52]

Superb detail of the spider. Nice composition, sharpness and colors. I like the contrast of spider and BG.

Hi Jannie,
Superbly captured this very sharp image!
Excellent composition, good lighting,
sharp and clear details.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-02-03 3:30]

Jannie, what a great macro of the spider. Very good sharp details, you show him real well. Well composed with it hanging onto the flower stem. It's a good job, TFS


You have excellent detail here and also the eyes of the spider are amazing indeed. The Comp, POV and DOF are superb. TFS,

Excellent details and sharpness, great composition and great colours/lighting. Excellent work! Well done, Jannie.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-02-03 6:54]

HI Jannie, nice shot. I like the POV and the details are great. Well done on this one, handsome spider.

Hi Jannie,
a good macro shot of this spider.Well composed, good details and POV. Well seen from the BG.
Well done.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-02-03 15:57]

Hi Jannie,
Excellent macro spider shot with excellent bg,note,pov,dof,
colors,focus and sharpness.TFS

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-02-03 18:42]
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Dagsę Jannie
This is a great macro with superb detail, colour, DOF, BG, and composition. The entire spider is soooo presicely in focus, and your usage of the flash resulted in a perfectly exposed photo.
Very well done and TFS.

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