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Araneus quadratus (F+M) - Rejection

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 30 October 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Araneus quadratus (NL: Viervlekwielwebspin / EN: Four-spot orb-weaver / DE: Vierfleckkreuzspinne / FR: Epeire carrée, Epeire à quatre points). More info on the species: see yesterday's post.

After several attempts (lasting more than half an hour) of the male to seduce the female, the female finally rejected him by turning him its back and fleeing into her hiding place. The male had to give up his attempts. It was a wonderful experience to witness the courtship display of this species and maybe in the future the male is more lucky and I will be able to make some images of the actual copulation...

Image: Wommelgem (BE) – 16/08/2012

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

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☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

woow, great shot with the bith, excellent johan ☺

30 Oct 2012 6:23am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Superbe shot ! je n'ai jamais pu avoir la femelle et le mâle sur la même. Bonne journée

30 Oct 2012 12:11pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/200 second
ISO 200
150 mm