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Killing the killer

Killing the killer
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-05-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000, 28-105 mm, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/7.6, 1/250 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-27 14:19
Viewed: 4434
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear Friends,
Today I dug deep in my archives and fetched out something special for you. It's a series of shots I made one spring day, some years ago on a sandy forest road in pine forest in Central Poland.

You can see here a female of spider-hunting wasp, Anoplius viaticus (Family: Pompiliidae), approaching and eventualy killing a wolf spider, Pardosa sp. (Family: Lycosidae). This whole action took some 2-3 minutes.

Spider-hunting wasps are solitary wasps that use spiders as food supply for their larvae. They build their nests on sandy grounds. One female makes several burrows, each supplied with one spider and one egg. The burrow is then closed by tapping down sand with the end of abdomen.

The spider is attacked, stung and remains paralysed. It is vitually eaten alive by the wasp's grub. Isn't it a terrible and ironic end for such a vicious predator as the spider is...

The pictures composed here are not of a big size, which I regret, but unfortunately the maximum height the TN accepts is 800pix. Thus I had to scale down the whole series. Anyway, I hope you'll enjoy...
Thanks for stopping by!

cicindela, Dave, undoredo, uleko, anel, Alex99, meyerd, red45, horia, Silvio2006, gracious, jazdzurka, Hormon_Manyer, marhowie has marked this note useful
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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-10-27 15:31]

Good drama! Excellent montage showing the action! And, an interesting educational note! Very nice!

Hello Michal,
Very nice presentations of between these fellow.
Excellent details and sharpness, well composed and informative notes!
TFS and regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-28 2:27]

Hello Michal,
Ignorant as I am I would have expected this to end with the spider winning the battle! Wasps are a huge and fascinating group of insects, we saw one new to us yesterday! Your presentation is excellent, very clear and showing sharp details. Most interesting too!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-10-28 2:37]

hello Cedryk,
Very interesting posting, you show here. I just saw Dieter Meyer's picture, a sort of reverse picture of your's. Thanks a lot for this great document from nature.
Best regards

Widze, ze dzis obaj postanowilismy pokazac cos z blonkowej i do tego obie blonkowki prowadza podobny tryb zycia :)
Podoba mi sie to, ze w prezentacji widac calosc akcji, moze mniej, ze zdjecia sa tak male (ale wsumie TN mocno ogranicza wielkosc plikow wiec i jakos musiala byc nizsza). Sam moze jednak zlozylbym zdjecia troche inaczej - gorne skadrowal pionowo i dal z lewej strony, dwa pozostale tak jak sa i dal jedno pod drugim z prawej. Moze by to pozwolilo powiekszyc troche zwierzaki?

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-28 5:38]

Hi MIchal.
What an interesting note and collage. Bravo. It increases our knowledge. The pictures and their sequence are amazing. So attractive scenes, great sharpness and details and impressive lighting and colours. All in all great deductive and photo work. My best wishes and compliments.

Hi Michal,
the pictures are a feast for the entomologist in me. In the upper part you had some problems with the strong light and the stark shadows, but I guess you know that and your other pictures are not troubled by this any more. Well done!
My best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-28 9:14]

Hello Michal,
This is a superb collage of macros that is well worth taking out of your archive to show us. The collage sequence of the Spider-hunting Wasp catching its prey is superb and is both educational aas well as an interesting cobtributuion to TN.
Well done and TFS!
best wishes, Ivan

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-10-29 2:53]

Czesc Michal!

Absolutna rewelacja! Miales niezlego farta, ze udalo ci sie zobaczyc i sfotografowac cos takiego. Czytalem o tym wielokrotnie, ale nigdy nie widzialem. Zawsze mnie ciekawilo, jak zachowuje sie pajak podczas takiego ataku? Czy sie broni, czy tez moze instynktownie wie, ze jest skazany na porazke? Ze zdjec widze, ze osa ma prosta taktyke - atak z boku. Ale przeciez te pajaki maja doskonaly wzrok i sa bardzo szybkie. Napisz cos wiecej, bo post jest rewelacyjny, ale czuje duzy niedosyt informacyjny :-)

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-29 5:23]

Hi Cedryk,
great documentation of this battle at Macro level! You must havea keen eye for spotting this type of thing. Each shot is great in it's own right and helps tell the story. Fascinating.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-29 13:44]

Hi Michal

This is a very interesting a attractive series! It's not everyday we get to see a spider-hunting wasp kill a spider in action. Your series of shots presents that so well.
The details in your pictures are terrific! I also love the poses of the two "actors" here - especially the spider with first typical defensive posture, then attaced and finally on the back.
Great work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Michal, fantastic serie of great attack, wonderful composition with splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Michal,
Good composition of the cycle of life in the insect kingdom! the strong will survive!
the exposure and focus is spot on with perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details
well done and well pleased
thanks for the wonderful notes

Hi Michal,
Great series, showing the whole tragedy well (of course it's "tragedy" from the spyder's POV). Nice, sharp photos, tasteful collage, my Friend, congratulations. Tfs this photo and the informative note. Best wishes, László

Excellent series of captures showing this spider killer in action Michal :)
Thanx man!

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