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Taken with a Canon EOS 400D Digital.

  • Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
  • Metering Mode: Average
  • Focal Length: 55 mm
  • Exposure Program: Manual
  • Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
  • Flash: Flash did not fire
  • White Balance: Manual
  • YCbCr Positioning: Co-Sited
  • Exposure Mode: Manual

_A LARGER view to see more in detail…
(Long side is only 1024 here)_

Yellow Spider “Misumena vatia” Europe spider of the Year 2006

Misumena vatia
Misumena vatia is a species of crab spider with holarctic distribution. In North America, where it is the largest and best-known flower spider, it is called the <b>goldenrod crab spider</b>, because it is commonly found hunting in goldenrod sprays in the autumn.

Young males in the early summer may be quite small and easily overlooked, but females can grow up to 10 mm (without legs); males reach 5 mm at most.

These spiders may be yellow or white, depending on the flower in which they are hunting. Especially younger females, which may hunt on a variety of flowers such as daisies and sunflowers, may change color "at will". Older females require large amounts of relatively large prey to produce the best possible clutch of eggs. They are therefore, most commonly found in goldenrod, a bright yellow flower which attracts large numbers of insects, especially in autumn. It is often very hard even for a searching human to recognize one of these spiders on a yellow flower.


blue, fennel, flower, goldenrod crab spider, green, insect, macro, nature, spider, yellow


  • anisja
    anisjaover 5 years ago

    Excellent tons and set up.

  • Thank you anisja:)

    – Kuzeytac

  • Aimelle
    Aimelleover 5 years ago

    oh yellow on yellow ! =D
    very lovely composition and love the vibrant colors Leyla !

  • Thank you Aimelle:))
    I fell in love with a spider for a first time..

    – Kuzeytac

  • Gail Fletcher
    Gail Fletcherover 5 years ago

    I had to look twice before I noticed the spider! Nice Shot :)

  • Thank you Candyworld :)
    When I saw it I was surprised also…
    It was a coincidence :)

    – Kuzeytac

  • Jennifer Potter
    Jennifer Potterover 5 years ago

    Great shot!! Love it. – Dawn

  • Thank you Dawn, happy you like it:)

    – Kuzeytac

  • Van Coleman
    Van Colemanover 5 years ago

    Great capture!!!!

  • Thank you:))

    – Kuzeytac

  • natew79
    natew79over 5 years ago

    Wow, thats an awesome picture, congrats on the top 10!

  • Thank you heaps Nathan!

    – Kuzeytac

  • Yool
    Yoolover 5 years ago

    Congratz on being in the top ten with this amazing picture …wow well done

  • Thank you sooo much! This made me very happy:) I didn’t know I was in top 10:)

    – Kuzeytac

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 1 year ago

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    Yoolover 1 year ago

  • Maisie Sinclair
    Maisie Sinclairover 1 year ago


  • Thank you Maisie:)

    – Kuzeytac

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