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Copyright: Ersin UYANIK (eruyanik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 658 W: 23 N: 1216] (5046)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot A610
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Spiders of Turkey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-15 15:48
Viewed: 5515
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Wasp spider - argiope bruennichi

The common name of this beautiful spider is wasp spider. This spider is, like all orb-weavers, not poisonous for us.

The adult female has a shining silvery cephalothorax (head) and a yellowish abdomen with black and white bars across it.

The adult female is much larger than the male. The male measures between 4 and 6 mm while the female has a full grown size between 14 - 17 mm.
When the female is loaded with eggs she can become enormous in size.
Argiopes can be easily identified by the zigzag of white silk in their webs. Like all orb-weavers, they have ringed legs.
The function of the zigzag of white silk in their web is not clear. There are several ideas what the purpose may be.
It may be used to attract insects because it is radiating UV-light and that attract insects. Another explanation is that it is to frighten predators. The spider shakes the web vigorously when something large is approaching and that result in a blurry white spot.
Another explanation can be that the spider makes the web clear to see and that should avoid large animals to destroy the web.

The zigzag is not in the web when the spiders are young. When it gets older it makes both forms and eventually the spider only makes the zigzag in a line.

In July the males mate with the females and often loose their life or some legs after their 'duty'.
The female makes a brown cocoon one month after mating and the young spiders hatch the next year in spring. The female dies in the winter.

The spider lives in open grassy areas and makes her web amongst the grass and low herbage. In the Mediterranean she is very common but the last decennia she is moving up North.
She is reported often from Limburg in the South of The Netherlands, around Berlin in Germany and in Great-Britain where she was already reported in 1940.

When the spider catches her prey she wraps it very fast in silk. After a lethal bite with venom and protein dissolving enzymes she waits until the prey does not struggle anymore and sucks it empty or hangs the packet in her web to consume it later.
If a too large insect gets into her web she bites the threads in which the insect hangs loose of her web until the insect falls out.

infos from here...


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Merhaba Ersin,
Orumcek harika.bende de benzer bir foto var.Ayni turun ancak sizin kadar net cekmeyi beceremedim.Buda sizin farkiniz.Bende exposure -2 yapip flashla denedim ama cok aydinlik oldu.Normal denedim istedigim kivamda olmadi.Hayvan zaten seffaf.Sizi tebrik ediyorum

Hi Ersin,

I think you did real great with this spider! I like all the details including those of it's web. Did you take in in the wild or somewhere else? It seems like spidders are the theme of the week ;-) TFS,


Hi Ersin,
Very nice photo, good details, sharp and colors.
Well done!
TFS Malgosia

Well captured Ersin,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed and nicely framed.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Nice shot of spider

Lovely close up.
The photo is very plesant with controlled light and DOF. The composition is strong and details very natural. I do like it very much. I guess again a "high tech" flash diffuser was used :)
Great work Ersin!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-16 5:55]
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Superb shot, Ersin!
The details of this spider are amazing, but what i am most impressed of is the light. I read you discussion with Filipe (extramundi) and i have to say that i never tried it before...so again i get to learn new tricks from your pictures. Thanks a lot:)
Enjoy the rest of the weekend, my friend.

Great capture Ersin, well done!!!

Hmm, I was wondering where is the wasp!! in the spider's web :-) great note and as always a well executed shot!. I 'am amazed at the kind of DOF you achieve , great work and exposure.
Goutham R

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-07-16 14:03]

Privet Ersin.
High quality and depth of sharpness, spiders - my favourite models:-))

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-16 14:29]

Hello Ersin,
Excellent close up.I liked POV,details,sharpness,DOF and composition a lot.

Hello Ersin,
Superb shot! You somehow made this spider look cute! I guess this is because of the POV. I haven't seen them here yet. Hope I will soon because I just love to photograph them.
The picture has great POV and very good details!

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-20 4:14]

Hi Ersin,
Woow, another fearsome looking beast :-) I was surprised to read in your note that they are quite small, you always manage in your pictures to make them look big. Interesting note and a great shot, I like the framing a lot and amazing detail, I can see each web strand. Very interesting, a great post!

Hi Ersin, This is a great shot of the Wasp spider. I like your unusual head on POV very much. How did you manage to obtain it (as I know they rest head down towards the ground)? I like your excellent note too...I did wonder about the different sizes of the females and you've answered that question for me. Great shot, well done :)

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