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Ambush Ready

By Ade_Osman    
Tetragnatha extensa, sometimes known as the Long Jawed Orb Spider is found on low-growing vegetation, usually in damp areas. It feeds on insects, including mosquitos, midges and moths, which it catches in its loosely-constructed web. When alarmed, it will sit along a plant stem, a blade of grass or the central vein of a leaf, with its four front legs pointing forwards, and its four back legs pointing backwards for camouflage. T. extensa is able to walk on the surface of water, where it can move faster than on land.

Regards to all......Ade

Tags: General Spider Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Tetragnatha extensa Arachnids

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Comments


PhillipMinnis 5 94 4 Australia
27 Oct 2012 7:13AM
A nice insect close-up, Ade!


Cheers

Phil

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CarolG Plus
9 192 18 Greece
27 Oct 2012 7:25AM
A superb capture, Ade. Carol
27 Oct 2012 7:26AM
Excellent capture Ade and an interesting write up. A
Lillian Plus
6 21 16 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2012 7:33AM
Never seen one Ade..most unusual
well captured shot and so detailed
Lillian
AnnChown Plus
6 197 1 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2012 7:59AM
Fascinating. I've never seen or even heard of this little chap. Probably best avoided... Smile
Ann
annettep38 Plus
4 217 36 Costa Rica
27 Oct 2012 8:48AM
Thanks for the ID, we get them here round the 'mozzie lake' as well.
A fantastic detailed capture!
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
27 Oct 2012 8:59AM
Superbly detailed capture Ade. Hardly seems enough room in such a delicate creature to sustain life. Mother nature is wonderful.GrinGrin
Ron
SlowSong Plus
7 5.8k 29 England
27 Oct 2012 10:35AM
How wonderfully adaptive nature is. A most excellent capture.
x
Glostopcat Plus
9 255 2 England
27 Oct 2012 11:19AM
A corker of a close up of this predator preparing to pounce
carper123 Plus
4 744 8 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2012 1:32PM
Brilliant shot, Ade, superb detail, but i think it works and looks better in landscape format, still a brilliant image and the colours are awesome. (what about that ,Ade, me giving advice to the god of close ups) Wink LOL.
Nice one.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
27 Oct 2012 2:05PM
I enjoyed your text as well as this fine image!
27 Oct 2012 2:35PM
Amazing photo Ade, wonderful to see his feet on the silks waiting for his prey
David
EMJAYCEE Plus
6 9 10 England
27 Oct 2012 5:15PM
The shot is superb Ade but the info is so welcome - I never knew there was such a creature.!!!
Joan.
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
27 Oct 2012 5:33PM
Great shot Ade, thanks for the info too,
Geoff.
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2012 8:05PM
Odd looking fellow but grand shot
27 Oct 2012 8:34PM
It's one thing to find these obscure and strange creatures for us Ade but it's another thing entirely to capture them in the highest standard that you do! Detail is outstanding and presentation first class. Lou
saltireblue Plus
5 5.4k 31 Norway
28 Oct 2012 8:30AM
That's a vicious sounding little fellow, Ade. Hope you weren't caught up in its webSmile

Malc
28 Oct 2012 9:34AM
greta work..but..shudder!!

Gareth Smile
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
28 Oct 2012 1:29PM
An interesting write up and a great picture

Peter
Chinga Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2012 6:07PM
Takes the name "Daddy long legs" into a new dimention! Grin
Beautiful specimen. IB

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