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I got eyes in the back of my head

I got eyes in the back of my head
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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: 2006-02-04
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: 2006-02-07 9:30
Viewed: 4485
Points: 16
[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.

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  • agea0 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 0] (86)
  • [2006-02-07 9:34]

Hi Jannie
Wow, great shot:)


Nice capture and note, I like the sharpness near the eyes and the position of the spider.
Tight frame ( Was it intentional ?)

Congrats for a great picture

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  • tinman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
  • [2006-02-07 10:56]

Slight flash burn in front and a little shallow in POV maybe for me, but then again it also works on the eyes, tfs

Jannie dis 'n baie nice foto die.

Great macro Jannie. Colorfull with very good sharpness and very good details. Very good job. WEll done. Thank you.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-02-07 14:41]

Hi Jannie, what a great macro. 'Harmless to man' - I like the sopund of that. He is nice and sharp, and his details are very good. Well done, tfs,

Looks scaring, but you say they are harmless. That sounds nice. Fascinating creature and a very good and sharp picture.

Hi Jannie,
Very sharp image, the details are excellent,
great colours and good framing.
Thanks for sharing!

Nice detail and scary!


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