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Argiope bruennichi - Wasp Spider. Spotted in France on holiday. Scared the living daylights out of my kids and to be honest I wasn't too comfortable lying in the grass next to it to get this shot. (I have no Macro lens)
Apparently its harmless to humans as it turns out, but it was lethal to grasshoppers and flies wrapping and biting them repeatedly in seconds. As an extra bit of information the distinctive zig zag in the web is thought to be for attracting insects and/or to make it visible to birds so they don't destroy the web.

Camera:Nikon D50 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-55
Title:Wasp Spider
Username:Lynchy Lynchy
Uploaded:10 Sep 2006 - 4:57 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Wildlife / nature
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mattberry
mattberry e2 Member 9259 forum postsmattberry vcard England13 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2006 - 4:58 PM

Yep, and they're also getting increasingly common over here too. Nice shot even without a macro lens.

Regards
Matt

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PLCimagery
PLCimagery e2 Member 777 forum postsPLCimagery vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2006 - 4:59 PM

Excellent detail - great colour
pete

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norton
norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2006 - 5:15 PM

Great detail and colour,well spotted and captured.....

Tony.

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pcjackso
pcjackso Junior Member 8
10 Sep 2006 - 5:30 PM

Superb sharp shot.like it
Pauline

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Ajack
Ajack  8
10 Sep 2006 - 5:34 PM

First rate capture,amazing detail and colour,
Alan

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8226 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2006 - 5:35 PM

Great macro shot, super clarity and detail

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bumbleb3
bumbleb3  8356 forum posts United Kingdom
10 Sep 2006 - 5:58 PM

superb close up image.great details
sandy

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Lynchy
Lynchy  7
10 Sep 2006 - 6:01 PM

Thanks for the comments, particularly because most of you seem to have incredible portfolio's of insects and wildlife.

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BarbaraB
BarbaraB  853 forum posts United Kingdom
10 Sep 2006 - 6:06 PM

Well spotted. Great shot!

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RipleyExile
10 Sep 2006 - 6:25 PM

Wouldn't catch me going anywhere near this close to a spider! Nice macro (without the macro).

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