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A Long Kiss Good-Bye

A Long Kiss Good-Bye
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-18
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50-60 Puntos (chapter 6), !Crab/Grab Spiders [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-26 1:14
Viewed: 4351
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One day we were walking through big meadow with my friend Kaszek. We were rather tired of heat and after chasing bunch of Swallowtails we decided to return home. Near our bigges 'mountain' [11 meters high hill covered by forest] Kaszek saw this scene. Little crab spider was lucky enough to catch big prey - a butterfly. Spider was very busy so it let us to take as many pictures as we wanted. This is first from this serie.

"Most crab spiders are less than 1 cm (0.4 in) in length, although the giant crab spider may reach 2.5 cm (1.0 in). Crab spiders do not spin webs to trap prey, but hunt on the open ground or on vegetation or flowers. In this, they resemble other free-living spiders such as jumping spiders and wolf spiders. Unlike other free-living spiders, however, all of a crab spider's eyes are small and serve primarily as motion detectors. Typical crab spiders are predators that lie in wait to ambush their prey. Though their chelicerae, or jaws, are rather small and slender, many crab spiders possess potent venoms that quickly immobilize their prey. Flower spiders, a particular type of crab spider, rest on flowers and remain motionless for long periods of time with their front two pairs of legs extended in readiness. They ambush butterflies, bees, flies, and other flower visitors; their venoms enable them to successfully attack insects much larger than themselves. They do not wrap their prey in silk after biting, but instead remain with the immobilized prey until they have sucked it dry.

In keeping with their ambush style of attack, many crab spiders are well camouflaged, blending in with their backgrounds. Some resemble tree bark, leaves, or fruits; others appear to mimic bird droppings. Some of the flower spiders are able to change their color over several days, typically between white and yellow, depending on the color of the flower on which they are resting. A common North American species is the goldenrod spider. The giant cockroach hunter is a warm-climate species which often moves northward on shipments of bananas."

from http://www.everythingabout.net

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Hello Grzegorz
Nice capture. Good pov and composition. Sharp and clear image. Well done & TFS.

You were lucky Grzegorz. Really nice capture. Best timing, best POV and BG. Well done, TFS.

Well spotted Greg, good composition and sharpness. Interesting note, well done.

A real life drama of death being enacted here, Greg.
Very good POV, DOF, sharpness and colours. The torn wing of the butterfly intensifies its situation of utter helplessness.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-26 4:28]

Hello Greg,
Excellent action macro.POV,sharpness,details,framing,moment you caught and composition are wonderful.

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  • foton Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 16 W: 1 N: 13] (420)
  • [2006-07-26 5:15]

czaddd! takie widowisko to smakołyk macro-fotografa, podziwiam i Grat.

Scenka swietna. Mnie oczywiscie tak dobrze to nie wyszlo, ale moze sie kiedys "pochwale" swoja fotka.
Ostre tam gdzie trzeba, masa szczegolow. Super!

Witaj Grzegorz,

Tradycyjnie i jak zawsze perfekt!
Bardzo dobra GO, swietny opis.


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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-07-26 7:05]

perfekcja techniczna, ¶wietna jako¶æ, dobry opis. Resztê ju¿ Ci napisali.
Pozdr. Al.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-07-26 7:09]

Great capture!
Nature on its best! Keeling for feeding!
Pour butterfly...
Excellent on details and colours!
5* job!
Keep on going and TFS!

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-07-26 7:18]

Interesting moment Greg. I like composition, sharpness and colors. I found similar scene with killed map butterfly today.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-26 7:32]

Poor Melanargia galathea :-( The little spider has won... Interesting shot of drama of natural life. Congratulations Greg and thanks for sharing.

a fantastic shot greg,
what a capture, the pov is good and thecomposition is very good, poor butterfly, good job.
gr. jaap

Hello Grzegorz, excellent colors, Bg, POV DOF perfect details, Great capture Bg Bluried excllent work, TFS Kyle

cette araignée crabe est pourtant bien petite mais elle a l'air vorace!!
superbe macro.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-26 9:10]

Hello Grzegorz,

A well seen and captured composition,think it will be enough for the coming days,sharp and detailed with good colors,


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-26 10:20]

Hi Grzegorz,
A great action shot of predator and prey. The broken wing gives an special dramatic effect!
TFS, José M.

Nice capture Greg,
You could probably go back this time next week, and the crab spider will just be finishing this hearty meal.
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed and nicely framed.
Thanks for posting, have a great week

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-07-26 14:08]

Hi Greg !
Awesome capture ! Your timing was perfect ! Details, colors, exposure, compositiion, POV, DOF, everything is perfect ! This little spider must be very hungry if it wants to eat such a big buterfly ! :-)Very well done !

Hello Greg,
this is a dramatic composition. Thank you my friend. Excellent POV, framing and great sharpness too. Very nice colours, lighting, bg and note too. This is an excellent presentation. Thank you for posting.

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2006-07-26 23:57]

Good Morning Greg,
This picture caught my attention yesterday and stuck to my mind, pondering over the conditions of existence in nature which are cruel but just and equal for all in the final count. Thank you very much for offering us this view of everyday life of our dear fellows, showing the reverse of the scenes we usually get and love to see, and for a very interesting note!
Wish you a very good day,

Hi Greg,
it's a nice action you have captured. The Crab spider is a small tough fellow.
And it also the "The European Spider of 2006 ;-).
Well composed, good dtails and POV.
Very well done, my friend.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-27 3:26]

What drama, Grzegorz!
Amazing natural scene, well seen and well captured.
It is hard to believe that that little spider would attempt such a feast/feat.
Great exposure and DOF.
TFS. : )

Hello Greg!
When i see the post about spider caught a butterfly, i feel envy, this one makes no different! i haven't seen any scene like that unfortunately. These scenes make me feel different cause what i feel about the beautiful and innocent butterfly as a prey of the bestie! Great shot of this dramatic scene, pov, sharpness, colours all are amazing!

Hi Greg,
Amaizing "capture", both senses.Admirable image and moment documentated.
Superb composition, with good details and beautiful bugs.
what is this strange white part in the wing?
best regards

Piekne makro i znakomity moment uchwyciles.
Gratuluje i jak zwykle wszystko na TAK!
Pozdrawiam Malgosia

Grzegorz, marvelous clarity on the crabspider. I have seen < and photoed > quite a few crabspiders, but never have I seen them catch a butterfly. Maybe in my area there is "better food" or the crabspiders are more anti-fly.

I like your take on this. Small nit: what is that white blotch on the butterfly?

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