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Agalenatea redii

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 15 January 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Agalenatea redii (NL: Brede wielwebspin / EN: Gorse orbweaver / DE: Körbchenspinne / FR: Épeire de velours) is a species of 'orbweavers' belonging to the family Araneidae. Agalenatea redii is the single European member of this genus. The male spider is between 3.5 and 4.5 mm, the female 5.5 - 7 mm. It has an almost circular body and can be identified by the v-sign at the front end of the abdomen. This spider is very variable in color. They are active very early and adults can already be encountered from April. This species is thermophilic and prefers open habitats, like sandy and arid grasslands, sunny edges of woods, warm steppes, etc. so it can be found in heather and gorse, usually below one metre above the ground, and rough grassland where the spider often makes its web between dead herbaceous stems with a retreat in a dead flower-head.

Image: Schilde (B) - 15/10/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/640 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Arg.... runnnnnnnnn.... nasty little fella there, well captured.

15 Jan 2012 10:04am

@Ana Lúcia: It seems to me you don't like spiders ... hihi ... Thanks for making the effort to look at this one despite your fear ... Images don't bite ! Greetz !

gootchai from bousval, Belgium

Superbe capture!! Bravo à toi pour cette photo!!

15 Jan 2012 11:02am

@gootchai: Thank you very much for your comment on this one !

christine from Oelegem, Belgium

Een verrassende foto, knap in beeld gebracht zodat de spin scherp is en de grasaar op geen enkele plaats volledig scherp te zien is.

15 Jan 2012 2:02pm

@christine: Deze is op het heideveldje in het Driehoeksbos .... Het blijkt er vol te zitten met deze soort, maar je hebt echt wel wat tijd nodig om er een goede foto van te maken als er wat wind staat ... Groetjes !!

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Wonderful spider, Very impressive image !!!! Well done

15 Jan 2012 11:18pm

@Baldwin VW: Thanks again for making a comment, Baldwin. Have a nice day !

Lia from Zwolle, Netherlands

Mooie opname, prachtig scherp op het spinnetje zodat je de details goed kunt zien.

16 Jan 2012 5:14pm

@Lia: Sommigen houden van die details bij spinnen - anderen dan net weer niet ... :-)))

Canon EOS 400D
1/640 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
150 mm

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