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Opilione on Chrysanthemum

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Opiliones are known better as harvestmen - those spider-like thingies which are not spiders at all. The body of a harvestman is so characteristic that they are easy to recognize. They go by many names: daddy long-legs, harvestmen, shepherd spiders, and harvest spiders. These eight-legged arachnids are commonly misidentified as spiders, they actually belong to their own, separate group the order Opiliones.

They are awkward to photograph mainly due to their legs being incredibly long - as much as 2 inches each one, which means to fit one into the viewfinder in its entirety leads to poorer composition - hence I tend to get in closer and concentrate on the best bit - the body and those 2 little eyes and it's mouth parts!

Anyway, here is one such harvestman, posing quite nicely for me on a chrysanthemum flower. Enjoy.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF100mm F/2.8 Macro USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:31 Jul 2013 - 4:42 PM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Fired
White Balance:Auto
Title:Opilione on Chrysanthemum
Username:Paul_Iddon Paul_Iddon
Uploaded:31 Jul 2013 - 6:31 PM
Tags:5d mk2, Arachnid, Chrysanthemum, Close-up / macro, EF100mm f/2.8 macro, Flower, Harvestman, Harvestmen, Macro, Nature, Opilione, Paul Iddon
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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 74167 forum postsKarenFB vcard England159 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 6:38 PM

You've caught this 'spider-like thingy' brilliantly! We can even see the bristles on its legs. They are amazing to see so close up! Smile

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AlexAppleby
31 Jul 2013 - 8:11 PM

Spiders scare me to death, but you've made it look amazing!

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 5LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom95 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2013 - 9:36 PM

A wonderful portrait of this 'spider like thingy'!

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georgiepoolie
31 Jul 2013 - 9:43 PM

A superb spider macro portrait.

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Alda
Alda  146 forum posts United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2013 - 12:57 PM

Excellent!!!! GrinGrin

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