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Crab spider with prey

Crab spider with prey
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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-27
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-26 5:31
Viewed: 1916
Points: 46
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Crab spider is a common name applied loosely to many species of spiders, but most nearly consistently to members of the family Thomisidae. Among the Thomisidae it refers most often to the familiar species of "flower crab spiders", though not all members of the family are limited to ambush hunting in flowers.(Wikipedia)

This crab spider was waiting on a flower for its prey,in this case a poor little bee. After it caught it, the spider let himself down on its thread to maneouvre better with the prey.

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Ciao Anne, amazing action macro with little spider and its prey, fantastic details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hallo Anne,
da hast du ja eine tolle Szene eingefangen. Mir gefällt neben dem Motiv an sich auch noch die klasse Schärfe und die natürlichen Farben. Mich wundert etwas, dass man keinen Faden bzw. kein Netz auf dem Bild sieht.
Viele Grüße

Another beautiful and interesting photo Anne! Excellent composition, fantastic BG, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Hello Anne,
Excellent sharp focus with great details is the key of attraction of this picture.Well captured.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-05-26 8:58]

Hi Anne.
Despite the dramatic nature of scene I like to shot them too. POV is very attractive. You have shown many attractive details of the internal side of the spider and pitiful prey. Framing of the scene is also nice especially wingspread of the bee. TFS and best wishes.

Hallo Anne
This is a super macro, with perfect focus, striking colours and splendid details, and the light makes the image even more special. Great details seen of both the Crab spider and its prey. Great composition and point of view, with an ideal colour of background to emphasise everything that needs to be seen to the best. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-05-26 10:56]
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l'horreur à l'état pur, capté avec la précision due .. étonnant aussi qu'il soit fait par une dame :D; .. remarkable detail et composition Anne ..

amitiés, nuri

ps: je suis resté quatre jours en Suisse mais loin de Berne hélas .. toutefois ce n'est que parti remise je pense. Par contre j'ai bien aimé Estavayer-le-lac .. bourgade fascinante où j'ai passé une demie journée.

Superb capture Anne, congratulations! TFS & best regards

hallo Anne
great sharpness picture with good details and lovely naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-26 11:31]

Salut Anne,une qualite' super pour cette capture dramatique mais qui suive les lois dela nature,prise de vue excellente et details au top.Mes compliments et belle soiree'..en attendant le soleil..ehehhhe,Luciano

Hello Anne,
Excellent sharp focus with great details. Great composition and point of view.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-05-26 12:31]

Hi Anne,
Really another beautiful macro shot.
Amazing colors and excellent detail and focus
with perfect moment captured.
Regards Jiri.

Bonjour Anne

Un superbe macro de lutte pour la vie, du côté
de la proie mais et surtout du prédateur pour
sa survie, avec de superbe focus, netteté, et détails, TFS


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-05-26 21:21]

The collected pollen gone a waste..then the spider got benefited...fine closeup of this nature's drama, well captured. tfs.

Hello Anne, A perfect shot of this tiny spider and bee. Details are clearly presented. Very pleasing presentation. JC

Hello Anne
Very impressive macro my dear.Superb close,fantastic colours and impressive sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good week!
Kind regards

Poor little Bee with lot of pollen sticking to its legs, Anne. Working hard, but fate had something else in store for her. Paradoxes of existence!
Very well captured macro with immaculate focus and natural colours.
Thanks and regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-05-27 12:08]

Hello Anne,
Great action macro in good sharpness, fine details and beautiful natural colours. Taken from a very good POV with a nice blurred background.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2013-05-27 12:55]

Salut Anne
Excellent gros plan.Le timing etait parfait.L'image est bien en focus et les couleurs sont superpe.Belle eclairage également
Merci Michel

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-05-28 0:37]

This is a very good macro Anne! Great sharpness and details. Congratulation. Saludos.

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-05-28 5:18]

Hello Anne,
Dramatic scene ! Excellent details and light ! Great POV ! TFS Tina

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-05-29 19:59]

Hello Anne,
What a unique image you captured of this crab spider and it's prey. The focus is tac sharp allowing us to see the fine features of not only the spider, but also the bee. Love the rich colors and nice clean BG.

Hi Anne, how are you doing .. Lovely image of the prey and the predator , the details are amazing the composition is also good . Incidentally i also worked with a crab spider last week.
Goutham Ramesh

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