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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-16
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-17 2:38
Viewed: 2819
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When I saw a butterfly hanging from the branches I promptly positioned myself and clicked a few shots. As I was not able to get a proper POV I was changing angles but the butterfly never moved from its position. I thought it was my day and just went on clicking from all sides. Little did I realise what the real story was. Beleive me, I never imagined that a spider was grabing it by the neck and it was helplessly hanging there. I saw it on my computer and was thrilled by the action in the shot. Lucky I got the entire view in focus. It was just amazing to comprehend how this small flower spider could seize a huge Great Eggfly many times its size. Just look at its tactics of grabing the butterfly by the neck and latching on to it with great force. It is a sad moment for the butterfly but such is nature and its idiosyncracies. I wonder what the ant was doing there, was it trying to help or was it taking an advantageous chance? Anyway, I hope everyone likes this action-packed shot.

Shot taken hand-held in cloudy and windy conditions. I had to use flash to get proper light. Not much cropping done but resized for TN.

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Hello Sumon, very good shot and nice story, a so pretty butterfly eaten by an unpleasant spider, the poor one

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-17 2:46]

Hi Sumon,
Very impressive, so much going on here and very well caught. The DOF is perfect and so is the detail, but for me the show stealer is the Ant..i would be interested to know what species it is in order to figure out exactly what it's doing...a fascinating post, thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-17 2:49]

Hello Sumon, my neighbour for the day!
Yes I've been fooled in this way by a crab spider too, but in my case it had caught a rather dull-looking moth that I did photograph but haven't decided to post yet.
Nice sharp and well composed capture, made extra interesting by the ant that will also have a share in the takings!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

en voici encore une superbe , bonnes couleurs, peut etre un peu sombre mais cela reste bien travaillé.
merci a toi

Hi Sumon Da,
A pathetic seen of the great eggfly. But the craby is lucky to have a meal provision for week in this rainy season. Very nicely composed along with the ant which wants a share. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Sumon
What a great moment to capture,
Perfect lighting,details and sharpness,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

Thats amazing Sumon.
What a capture! The butterfly and spider are amazing enough,but the ant is a really special touch.
You could have called this 'Tug of War'
It looks like the ant is an opportunist as they often are.
Very interesting shot my friend.

Prety good result Sumon, the spider has caught a big one this time, way too much food for him I think!

Quite good sharpness and good composition.


Great capture on all levels. And you thought you found your super model... ;)
Crisp and sharp with a perfect DOF and great light - the flash use is hardly noticeable - looks very natural!.
Cheers, Klaus

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-17 5:28]

Hi Sumon,
I liked the pose you captured. Nice POV, colors,details, composition and lighting.
TFS. Have a nice weekend,

You sure have a talent for capturing the unexpected moment Sumon. This is a very unusual shot. Good eye there as we used to say in baseball....and a good collection addition.


Hello my friend,
good shot with perfect sharpness,vivid colour and details in it
best pov, exposure and focus that comes with a useful notes too
well done and thanks for sharing

Superb camera work on the exceptional macro shot. Vivid colours.
Best wishes,

Hi Sumon,wonderfull shot of the great momment.Cheer,TFS

Hi Sumon,

Excellent shot of this trio (BF, Spider and Ant)
Colours, compo, sharpness and details are great
DOF is a bit shallow but who give a ....

TFS Thijs

Excellent capture of a captured butterfly Sumon.
I see an ant is trying to get a piece for himself also.
Well done as usual and good note also.

Very dramatic image. Even the ant is trying to get involved. This really shows how powerful a spider is. Well done.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-17 12:32]

Hi Summon.Great shot shame for the butterfly but the spider got his meal , I see an ant is in on the act as well. great detail and colours, with sharp focusing.Nice pov/ DOF. very well done TFS. good notes too.
Have a good weekend.

Hello Sumon great action shot very nice timing with the ant and spider perfect pov and good quality all round very well done nice details also tfs rgds Necip.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-17 14:29]

Hi Sumon,
it is amazing how big a prey small spiders can take down!!
Sharp with a great atmosphere.
Well done,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-17 15:03]

Hi Sumon

A great - if rather gruesome shot. The focus is spot-on and the POV great,


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-17 15:29]

Hi Sumon,

What a surprise you had! You captured this poor butterfly being attacked very well. I can't believe an ant got into the act. Good colors, details and great action.


Hi Sumon,
Splendid composition butterfly/spider/ant!
Nice colors, sharpness and contrast.
Excellent capture!
This is the picture of the law of strongest!
Thanks for sharing!
José Roberto

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-17 20:14]

Hello Sumon

Everybody wants in on the action.
Just marking the post for now


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-17 21:13]

Sumon, You managed to shoot three in one. Spider butterfly and also the Ant. Well done Ganesh

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-08-18 0:33]

Oh my goodness, Sumon.
What a great capture, for you, for the spider, and for the ant!
Everybody is happy except for the poor butterfly. : P
Action-packed is right!!!
Fantastic shot.
TFS. : )

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-18 3:32]

Hello Sumon,
What an amazing composition, three in one! I wonder what the ant is up to! A very interesting and well-timed shot.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Sumon,
The clever one word title says it all :)
Nice detail, color, exposure, POV, and composition. This 3-for-1 action makes it very special :)
Well done!

There is so much happening here - the spider, the butterfly, the ant. Wonderful action shot!!!!!

  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2007-08-18 13:39]

Impresionante captura de ese ácaro depredador. Bellos colores y composición.

Well that is certainly nature in action. It is quite amazing. Nice work

Evelynn : )

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-19 2:27]

Hello Sumon,
Really amazing picture! An infernal trio you have here. A the biggest is the victim. What a pity for the butterfly. Amazing the attitude of the little ant.
Thanks for this original posting

This is a busy picture Sumon :) Spider, ant and a poor butterfly... It is really amazing to see how those tinny spiders can be serious killer. They catch such big prey for their small size. This is a good action shot with beautiful sharpness and POV. Thanks,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-08-19 10:27]

Hi Sumon

What an action shot. Poor butterfly! Amazing that you have caught 3 insects in one shot and all with great clarity. I wonder what the ant is doing. Great focus, lovely colours and perfect POV



Hi Sumon
Very impressive picture. I saw few times action like that so I know it's takes only few seconds ;-D


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-08-20 14:48]

Hola Sr.Sumon.- Gran Macro. Justo en el momento apropiado. Grandes detalles en su fotografia. Luis52.

Hello Sumon,
Your images are always a treat to look at!
Not only the details are top but here you capture a small drama of nature as well, cannot be any better!
Excellent work!
Pablo -

Well, a bit of luck is always welcome. You caught a great moment. Maybe a wider aperture would have been better toget the bg blurred.

Very good.

Hi Sumon,
uaoooooo!! Great capture!! Crab spiders are crafty little devils. Here they are mostly seen hiding in Cherokee Roses waiting for bees. Excellent color and composition.


Hello Sumon,
Strange things are going on in this little wold here..
Good moment!
Well done

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