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Wasp spider in action

Wasp spider in action
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Copyright: Tom and Martina Trnka Dobis (DOBIS) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T3
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-08-11 10:18
Viewed: 3923
Points: 0
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Argiope bruennichi - Wasp spider
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
Genus: Argiope

From Wikipedia:
Argiope bruennichi, or the wasp spider, is a species of orb-web spider distributed throughout central Europe, north Africa and parts of Asia. Like other members of the genus Argiope, (including St Andrew's Cross spiders), it shows striking yellow and black markings on its abdomen.

The spider builds a spiral orb web at dawn or dusk, commonly in long grass a little above ground level, taking it approximately an hour. The prominent zigzag shape called the stabilimentum, or web decoration, featured at the centre of the orb is of uncertain function, though it may be to attract insects.

The spider paralyses its prey, mostly grasshoppers, flies and bees, by injecting it with venom.

Can somebody tell me, what is wrong?
I sent photo with perfect sharpness and its presented on trek like bad, unsharp picture. This is 2nd photo of wasp spider of mine, and is unsharp like 1stone. I do not know why. :-(

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En espérant que cette araignée ne s'emmêle pas trop les pattes.
Bonne soirée.

  • blakitan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1039 W: 71 N: 1332] (5517)
  • [2006-08-11 20:23]

Hi Tomas,
Great close up shot of this spider. Sharp, clear, with great details. Nice blurry BG. Excellently captured and very well composed. I may be nicer if it was captured from different angle, such that head of spider was not covered by the wrapped prey.

Ben Lakitan

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