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Two-Spined Spider

Two-Spined Spider
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-03
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ-2-S
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-14 16:24
Viewed: 5500
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Going back into my archives,I found this old shot that I never got around to posting.It was taken up in the Waikato at Pirongia,on my old 2 megapixel Lumix FZ2

Poecilopachys autralasiae
Two-Spined Spider
Family: Araneidae

This spider is believed to have been introduced into New Zealand from Australia in the early 1970s.
It is now common throughout most of the warmer North Island,and often found on garden shrubs,particularly citrus trees.
Like many orb weavers,the female hides during the day,often under leave,and enmerges at night to spin a cartwheel shaped web,which she eats again at dawn to reuse later.
Only the female has these bright colours.
The male is much smaller,brown in colour and covered in fuzzy hairs.He also lacks the females spines.

I've posted this species twice before.
You can see the other shots here:
Two Spined Spider
Poecilopachys australasiae

I thought the rear view of this one looked good on the Helenium flower with the similar colours and textures.
Hope you like it too.

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Hi Steve,
Splendid close-up shot of this strange spined-spider on the Helenium flower from an unsual POV. Excellent focus , sharpness and details are wonderful.
TFS and cheers,


A curious looking Spider from your archives, Steve. I have never seen such spiders before. This one matches well with the flower, so it is some kind of camouflage at work here.
If we manage to get the eyes of a spider in clear focus, the picture turns much more interesting. Unfortunately, your specimen was facing the other way.
An educative experience for me.
Thanks, mate.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-15 1:39]

Hello again Steve,
I am now able to look at this with the knowledge of what the head looks like and fine that this species has a camouflaging ability shared by some European spiders, ie it can change colour to suit its surroundings, though it takes a bit of time. As Ram says it is camouflged to match this flower. In the previous one there is a dominance of green to match the leaf.
TFS this fine contribution,

Hello Steve
a photo very interesting with an unusual subject. beautiful the colors and the contrast.
Great macro

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-15 10:20]

Glad you got round to posting this one Steve, it's a fascinating looknig creature. Clours are great, very eye catching and the composition and POV are both vey good too, well done!

Hi Steve, splendid spider with fantastic colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-15 13:14]

G'day Steve!
What a great shot of this incredible little spider.
I've never seen one quite like this!
Nice vivid colours.
Great lighting.
Sharp and crisp.

Well done,

Hi Steve
What a strange creature you've presented this time :)
I like the composition and exposition. Colours are very good, well saturated and natural.
I'm wondering why I can see your picture little bit "grainy" (I don't know if it is proper word).
And thanks for links to other your pictures - now I have idea how this spider looks from other sides.
Thanks for sharing

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-15 21:02]

Hello Steve thank you for taking this beauty out frm your archive. Well done and nice colors. I dont know how you manage to spot this. Ganesh

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-16 9:48]

Hello Steve,

There are very nice colors in your photo. There is a good match between spider's and flower's colors. Both spider and flower are sharply seen. This feeling is enhaced by the OOF background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-10-17 0:23]

Hello Steve,
Thanks for visiting my post. It is an hounour of me to have somebody who is very experience and have plenty of points to get in commneting my shot. I really ppreciate that.
what a wonderful shot of this spider.
Very unique and very special species.
Very sharp and in gret pertinent details.
Excellent presentation with lovely bright flowers as its natural surrounding.


Hallo Steve
If one consider a spider beautiful then this is indeed a beauty. I just love the way it draped itself over the plant, and blend in with the colours of the flower. The pose in which you have captured it is really great. Focus, sharpness and framing is done expertly. Clarity of the markings on the body is stunning. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards.

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-10-29 4:44]

Hi Steve,

This is a very beautiful shot of this spider. Strange but very interesting. Lovely rich colors and the BG brings out the lovely colors. Nice POV and composition. TFS.


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