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Murder on wild flower!

Murder on wild flower!
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Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 180 Macro Ex H
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Awestruck!, Crab spiders with prey, The predator with the Prey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-21 4:11
Viewed: 4862
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On Saturday, after work and even bad weather conditions I stubborned to take photos. It was cloudy and windy.
But see; I found a spider at his lunch time! I took over 40 shots. I would have done more but bee dropped down! There was no spider’s web and he was eating the bee on the leaf. I think spider was poisonous. Intersting?
I tried to increase f factor but shutter speed decreased to about 1/20.I don’t have a tripod so I’m sure you can guess about thos shots:} I tried to use my bag as a tripod but the result was not succeeded.
I don’t know about the spider’s ID.But here is some info from wikipedia about spiders and their webs;
Spiders are invertebrate animals that produce silk, have eight legs and no wings. The study of spiders is known as arachnology, although it is often grouped under the more general area of entomology.
Many spiders hunt by building webs to trap insects. These webs are made of spider silk, a thin, strong protein strand extruded by the spider from spinnerets on the end of the abdomen. All spiders produce silk, although not all use it to spin elaborate traps. Silk can be used to aid in climbing, forming smooth walls for burrows, cocooning prey, and for many other applications.
The spider, after spinning its web, will then wait (often, but not always, at the center of the web) for a prey animal to become trapped. They sense the impact and struggle of a prey animal by vibrations transmitted along the web lines.
Other species of spiders do not use webs for capturing prey directly, instead pouncing from concealment (e.g. Trapdoor spiders) or running them down in open chase (e.g. Wolf spiders). Spiders do not usually adhere to their own webs. However, they are not immune to their own glue. Some of the strands of the web are sticky, and others are not. The spiders have to be careful to only climb on the non-sticky strands.

Nikon D70
2005/03/19 15:48:27
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: 185mm F/3.5 D
Focal Length: 185mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/125 sec - F/6.3
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 400
Optimize Image: Normal
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: Manual
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode Ia (sRGB)
Tone Comp: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Auto
Noise Reduction: OFF

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Great photo Sebnem. I hope in Poland we will soon have incects too! As I posted yesterday - spring came!

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  • pgmoni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
  • [2005-03-21 4:35]
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Good capture. The spider is a crab spider, possibly Thomisus onustus. You are right, it does not spin a web, but waits on flowers to kill the insects that come for the nectar.
Its colour is highly variable and usually mnatches the flowers for camouflage.
The bee had been dead for a while when you took this picture, because crab spiders always kill their prey by biting the neck - which provokes immediate death. It is only later that they change the point of attack to suck the prey dry.
God lighting and excellent composition. Pity the abdomen of the spider is out of focus.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-21 4:48]
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What a vicious spider Sebnem. Good notes from you and Philippe. You were very close to them. I think you were lucky to catch them. Good POV and details. Well done!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-21 5:02]
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Agree with Philippe about ID. I like those little predators - its ability to camouflage is amazing. Crab spider was my first picture on TN :-) You can see it here - http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Europe/Poland/photo2767.htm
Yours Sebnem is excellent - I like moment and POV. Pity about the focus.

Very good capture, good macro shot and documentation of this catch, it is just pitty that the focus point is not accurate, I think you should choose higher F value to get wider DOF.

Well spotted. A great action shot, although not for the poor bee!
Well done and thanks for sharing.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-21 6:45]
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Great actionshot! This is very good. The spider is a little oof, but nothing serious. Very well done! TFS!

An interesting action shot of this Crab Spider,Sebnem.
You mentioned it was windy.I think the blurriness here was caused by the plant moving in the wind,not by yourself.It is very hard taking macros on plants on a windy day,even if you do have a steady hand or a tripod.
You got a good action capture though.Well done.

Sebnem, Cool shot! Love this spider with prey. Looks like the spider is getting ready to suck the fluids out of the bee (gross I know!) Hope you can get your hands on a tripod because it would make this great shot even greater! TFS.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-03-21 13:11]

It is a war shot Sebnem,
from shall I overlive ore not. In the beginning I had mad on TN a couple of meat eating insects made. That was the first I must think an when I saw it. It's a shame it's not whole in focus, but I know it is the moment, and you needs some luck with it. Okee, but still I like the good job. Gr. Jaap

Very good capture Sebnem,
you did well to capture this shot without a tripod. This is a really fascinating image, well done for getting this moment.
Thanks for posting

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-21 23:50]
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Last news:
Murder on wild flower!
Our reporter of Istanbul, Sebnem Kanat, made a macabre discovery during a walk. It would be about a murder. Please, stay tuned, more informations in our bulletin of this evening...
A great reportage, Sebnem, Thanks!

It could have been a great shot, but unfortunately soft focused.

Terrible shot.Good captured moment.
Good composition.It's a little soft.I think
cause of wind.

Sebnem, you managed to capture a very great moment. That's nature, and that's what this website is all about.

Great action, great drama.

I tried a little workshop; I hope you like it.

Nefes kesici bir aksiyon içeren macrodan dolayı kutlarım..

Don't know how I missed this one. It a great action moment caught here. He got his fangs into the soft part here... a sure kill. Very nicely done, love this.

hello:) up and down:) nice bees' play:)beauty compo:) nice colours and exellent POV



Hi Sebnem, the colors and lighting of this photo make it look like a painting. The spider is very impressive, and you managed to capture it and it's prey very well, especially considering the low light. TFS!

Hi Sebnem,
This picture is very impressive and I had never seen a crab spider at lunch this close.
We perfectly see that the spider is sucking the content of the abdomen of the bee.
Although the focus is not perfect, it is a great nature scene.
Bravo !

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-12-18 20:48]

Hello Sebnem,
Very interesting spider of the family Thomisidae!
Never seen one like that :-)
Best greetings,

Wow, I will remember all this if I ever walk on a spider web! I will avoid sticky lines! Great information and picture!

OWCH! I hate when this happens! Great picture with an unusual crab spider. Kudos!

Hi Sebnem,
Well documented moment. Attractive photo with lots of story behind. Looks at the bright side this is for survival not killing for fun. Great composition and POV.

Bonjour Sebnem
Félicitation pour cette prise de vue avec ce beau macro .
Les couleurs ,les détails et la composition ainsi que le BG tout est parfait.
Merci et au revoir....JP

Goodness gracious! This predator spider is literally gouging the entrails of the bee out in this action shot, Sebnem.
The syndrome SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST is fully at display in this great snapshot. Your struggle with camera settings must have been a natural reaction to shoot this drama in real life as quickly as possible.
Great macro in both content and form.

this is a wonderful macro. excellent details and such lovely colors. DOF and POV make up a wonderful composition!
Thanks Ana:)

Amazing. This is choice material.

This is a MAGNIFICIENT capture.
We saw in Iguacu, Brazil huge spiders & their webs. We saw a small bird stuck in a web; the spider was all over it. It
was so cruel but, that's life. Have a B/W of this register.
Maybe I'll post it here.
Anyway, I dont know the name of your subject either. But
your notes are truely "classic" reports of your great
contributions to TN.
Congratulations. And, friendly greetings from M.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-02-25 12:20]

selam sebnem
iyi bir zamanlama ile bu av karesini elde etmissin. kompozisyon, bakis acisi, renkleri, detaylari ve bilgi notu basarili bir calisma sunmussun
eline saglik

Ciao Sebnem, wonderful wildlife composition, great moment, excellent details and perfect focus, very well done, BRAVISSIMA! ciao Silvio

Hello Sebnem,
This is an amazing action macro!
Drama of nature in it's purest form, eating fellow insects is the only way to survival...
A fine image of high informational value!
Pablo -

merhaba Sebnem,
çok güzel bir fotoğraf netlik harika.

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