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Tibellus oblongus

Tibellus oblongus
Informação sobre a Foto
Direitos de Autor: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Género: Animals
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2005-08
Categorias: Spiders
Câmara: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Exposição: f/4.9, 1/371 segundos
Versão da Foto: Versão Original
Tema(s): Mimicry, Camouflage [view contributor(s)]
Data de Submissão: 2005-11-17 1:38
Visto: 3898
Pontos: 36
[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista
Last time I posted a b'fly so today a spider for balance ;)

On the photo you can see Tibellus oblongus called sometimes Long bodied crab spider.
It gets its name from the elongated body shape. The shape and special colouring help to disguise when it sit on dry grass or plant stem (as the one on my photo).
The camouflage is even more perfect when the spider assume a stretched out posture leaving only one pair of legs holding to the grass. The fellow on my photo was a bit scared by the camera and his pose isn't perfect. But looking at him you can probably imagine how hard it would've been to see it from bigger distance.

These spiders mostly hunt for small insects and flies. They can be found on coastal dunes among grasses, but also inland in damp fields and meadows (that's where I found this one).

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This spider must be lucky in the wood from the predators with those colors !!!
Well composed picture, and a useful note guideline.


Great camouflage. Excellent macro, you did well to spot it. Good presentation and good details.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-11-17 7:18]

What a strange and interesting spider that you have very well captured ! Good camouflage. Congratulations Monika and thanks for sharing.

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2005-11-17 8:00]

Great shot with this master of camouflage. It looks to me like a wooden spider. Very well captured with a wonderful note .
Thanks for posting.

Very good detail and an interesting composition Monika. Great light and warm color. I can see those tiny eyes very well. Well done!

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-11-17 9:41]

very interesting spider
great details and colors and sharp
well done TFS Libor

This is a fantastic picture not only is it perfect but it also demonstrates the uncanny ability of this animals abilities to blend itself into it's natural surroundings. Paul :)

Hi Monika,
Home in the warm at last, it's getting quite chilly over here now. It's going to be a very cold winter.
Great shot, as always PERFECTION from the sweet one;).
Thanks for posting. Have a great night,

Monika, trying to balance the Universe out between butterflies and spiders :).
An unusual and wonderful creature, this arachnid, you surprised well the mimetism phenomenon, it almost looks like he could perfectly fit in place for the part of the twig that has no bark.
The flash bounce (on upper part) is a malfactor that spoiled the quality a little, also flash is to be blamed for the large portioned shadow on the right and the soft noise.
I think Santa Claus should bring a macro ring flash to bad girls this year, hmm ?! ... ;P

Hi Monika,
A superb shot here. The composition and framing are perfect. The light is good, giving nice colors and some shadows. Very well done!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-11-17 16:26]

He is defintily a spider with a long body! Well captured Monika, he could be quite hard to find. Good compo, well done.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 975 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-11-17 17:38]

Very nice shot showing the camouflage strategy of the spider. Nice evening light!
Best greetings!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-11-17 22:52]


Félicitations pour le camouflage,l'éclairage et la netteté.

Merci pour l'envoie!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-11-18 10:30]

Monika, through the thumbnail I had not seen the spider.

Great mimicry in this very excellent photo.

Excellent sharpness and composition; lovely colors.

I added your picture to a theme of mine.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-11-22 15:42]

Hi Monika,

The art of camouflage, excellent shot. Beautiful work.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1836 W: 303 N: 4300] (14767)
  • [2005-11-23 1:39]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent. Great composition.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much again Monika.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-11-30 6:13]

SUPER !!!!!!!!!!
Fantastyczne zdjecie, piêkne ¶wiat³o, technicznie tak jak zwykle. Dobrze zamaskowany , ale nie do koñca bo go wypatrzy³a¶.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-20 6:05]

Hello Monika, a lovely shot of this spider. I like the composition and pose. The picture certainly shows off how good its disguise is.

I got one of these eating another spider but you might not want to think about it.

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