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Elite77

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My not so good take on the portia spiders.... A little bit disappointed on the result.
Settings as follows. F29-40. Shutter speed 1/60-1/200. ISO 125-200. Shot handheld

A short description of the Portia Spider
A family of 17 intelligent athletes, all called Portia and with eight legs apiece.
Found jumping around parts of Africa, Asia and Australasia, the Portia Spider eats other spiders. Her favourite prey is web-builders and she is sufficiently fearless (or greedy) to hunt those of more than 200% her own size.

Unlike all the other arachnids, Portia behaves in a way that can only be described as intelligent. She adapts her hunting methods to increase the likelihood of a square meal and seems able to learn new techniques.

Once she has invaded a web, Portia demonstrates considerable acting talent as she feigns the struggle of a trapped insect. Noting what encourages her target to come closer, Portia will repeat her best moves for up to three days, until she can overwhelm her victim.

Eyes with telephoto lenses enable Portia to identify which combat tactic is most likely to be successful against her prey. Encountering a deadly spitting spider, Portia will approach from the rear to avoid its predatory potential. When her opponent is carrying eggs, she approaches head-on.

OK, so only half of all Portia spiders are female but she lives longer. During mating, a female Portia assumes the superior position. Then, she twists around and lunges at the mister, killing him. If he dies before copulation is complete, she will remove his sperm before eating him. If he finishes before death, the she-Portia will keep his sperm for fertilization and, with her days work done, settle down to dine on her lover.

Doesn’t she make you feel ….glad to be a woman?




Some info on this female portia spider:
http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/guidebooks/spiders/text/Portia_labiata.htm


#1 It was found on a pile of thrash when first shot


#2 It crawls to my palm


#3 Close up


#4 Side view of it
 

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2nd Portia.

#5 Headshot


#6 Side profile


#7


#8 The butt view


Thats all folks... and thank u for viewing
 

GRyder

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Nice shots!! Good
A Portia is hard to come by... not to mention 2 Portia... one after another :heart:
 

B-setting

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nice shots mah, bro. i especially like the headshot in No. 5. :))
 

canonid

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care to share the location where can i shoot this spiders...

nice series by the way...
 

Elite77

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Nice shots Bro. Your lighting is good.:thumbsup:
Nice and unique shots. The spider looks very untidy...
Nice shots!! Good
A Portia is hard to come by... not to mention 2 Portia... one after another :heart:
Thanks all for the comments... Not really the best shots though
 

Elite77

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Nice and unique shots. The spider looks very untidy...
Nice shots!! Good
A Portia is hard to come by... not to mention 2 Portia... one after another :heart:
Nice series! :0
nice shots mah, bro. i especially like the headshot in No. 5. :))
care to share the location where can i shoot this spiders...

nice series by the way...
Thanks guys for the comments.... canonid, it is shot at Mandai
 

vincentsiew

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good intro and lovely shots :thumbsup::thumbsup:
 

loboclerk

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Bro the shots are good, only moustache burnt. #1 compo is nice!
 

chvictor

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Very good shots. The eyes of the portias are......:bigeyes:
 

madmartian

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Good shots! :) :thumbsup:

I can see that your palm change from pink to green & then to bubbly white. The JS must have loved it....................:bsmilie: :bsmilie:
 

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Thanks Vincent. Pls bring David along if u want to shoot this. Hehehe......... Then u must make sure he sneeze
Your intro very informative. Shots good as well. It is very tiring for my nose....Dun sabo leh.
 

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Good documentation of the Portia at all angles. Lighting is good too !
 

Elite77

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Good shots! :) :thumbsup:

I can see that your palm change from pink to green & then to bubbly white. The JS must have loved it....................:bsmilie: :bsmilie:
THanks MM... That was my cousin palm from ur planet. Wahaha.....


Your intro very informative. Shots good as well. It is very tiring for my nose....Dun sabo leh.
Thanks David. I will bring more tissue for u ok....

Nice set, esp like 5.
Thanks Kurt

Good documentation of the Portia at all angles. Lighting is good too !
Thanks bro... too bad the 2nd portia got to be cut short due to bad weather