Silver Argiope with Wasp Prey

January 27, 2010 | Caraça Natural Park, Minas Gerais, Brazil

This spider was on an exposed ridge overlooking the sanctuary. She appears to have caught a nice sized wasp.

This species often creates an X-shaped design (stabilimentum) in their web, and you can just see a hint of one extending to the lower right.

The common name Silver Argiope is consistent with the scientific name (argentata = silvery). Even the common name in Portuguese, Aranha-de-prata, translates as Silver Spider. It is indeed silvery.

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2 Responses to Silver Argiope with Wasp Prey

  1. Nice shot – natural light and low f-stop?

  2. Troy Bartlett says:

    From the exif data: 1/160s, f/7.1, ISO 250, shutter priority, flash fired.

    So natural light with fill flash. I picked a shutter speed that I thought I could handhold and let the camera choose the aperture.

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