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ambushing of Thomisus onustus

ambushing of Thomisus onustus
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Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-22 18:57
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Points: 24
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The spiders of the family Thomisidae (ARANEAE) are known as "Crab spiders" with their appearance like a crab. They dont use web for hunting and mostly they catch insects and others, ambushing.
Many times we meet such a spider on flowers (especially light colored) and capturing honey-bees, some time butterflies and some other insects. They wait on flowers. When a bee come to pollens of flowers, it dosent see spider since mimicry in master quality and so spider attacts bee and start to feed on bee.
Thomisus onustus -Beyaz Yengeç Örümceği [TR], White Crab Spider [EN] is a common predator and it feeds on mostly Diptera and Hymenoptera. The spider has catched bee newly. When I was taking the photograph, the bee was in alive and some flies presents on it.
As for plant, Melilotus albus - Buhara Yoncası, Beyaz Yonca [TR], Bokhara Clover, Honey Clover [EN] from the family FABACEAE (FABALES). It has called as "Tree Clover", "Sweet Clover", "White-flowered Sweet Clover", "White Sweet Clover", and "White Melilot". It is a legume sometimes grown for forage. White sweet clover is a major source of nectar for an apiary. Its characteristic sweet odour, intensified by drying, is derived from coumarin (from Wikipedia).

Thanks to Serdar Aslan (myosotis) and Tuncay Türkeş (Niğde Univ.) who are kindly identified plant and spider species, respectively. Also thanks for visiting, best wishes.

jcoowanitwong, elif, efsus, nglen, jusninasirun, maurydv, Noisette, uleko has marked this note useful
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Hi Ahmet,
Great timing to get this picture. The bee must be already dead for a while. I counted 12 flies on the bee body. TFS,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-08-23 0:43]

Salam Akhi Ahmet,
such a moment well captured. I never thought a spider would attack a bee. but here you have shown to correct my perspective. thanks for this shot.
hope Ramadhan gives us strength, power and resilience. Hope our God will award us with barakah,rahmah and freedom from nar.
all the best in our fasting month.


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  • elif Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 101] (466)
  • [2009-08-23 5:33]

Ahmet hocam, harika bir makro çalışması....
elinize , emeğinize sağlık.
Hayırlı ramazanlar diliyorum Hocam.
Adana'dan selamlar,saygılarımla...

Salam Ahmet,

This a great shot of this Crab Spider with its prey with lovely colors, sharpness & details. Nicely done & TFS.

Ramadan Mubarak


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-08-23 12:37]

Merhaba Ahmet!
Tuzak hem de ne tuzak. Yakalanınca kurtuluşun olmadığı, yaşamın bıçak sırtında olduğu yaban hayatından enfes bir örnek. Eline sağlık dostum.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-08-23 12:50]

Hi Ahmet. Good to see you MF. You have taken a fine macro shot with sharp focusing and fine detail. Good timing to get all of the small fies on the bee. Your use of the light has given rich colours against the plain BG. well done TFs.

Merhaba Ahmet,
what a fantastic macro shot, a great feast of the nature, very good sharpness with fine details and splendid natural colours, very well composed
Best regards

Salam Ahmet.

The capture is timely and looking like the moment of ambush is captured. Sharp image in unique position of the inset.

Have a nice day and Happy fasting for the month of Ramadan.

Hello Ahmet
a spider, a honey-bee and flies on the same shot ! you have captured a great moment, it's always great to see such action scenes in live, and all with great sharpness, superb colors and superb composition
TFS and have a good night

Bir ölümden bu kadar çok fayda sağlayıcı çok ilginç bir kare ortaya çıkarmış.
Güzel paylaşım için teşekkürler hocam

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-24 7:34]

Hello Ahmet,
This poor Bee seems to be attacked from all directions! Excellent timing, fine sharp details and a nice low POV.
TFS and best wishes for Ramadan! Ulla

Merhaba Ahmet hocam,
öncelikle güzel bir poz yakalamışsınız hocam. tebrik ederim. nice POV.
Fotodaki bitki Melilotus alba.

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