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From oblivious to oblivion ... encore.

From oblivious to oblivion ... encore.
Photo Information
Copyright: Jay Meeuwig (Shoot_Score) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-12
Categories: Insects, Flowers, Bushveld
Camera: Fuji FinePix 3800
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Theme(s): !Crab/Grab Spiders [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-10 8:29
Viewed: 4380
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A recent post of a raptor and prey reminded me of the "real world" as it plays out in Nature. And so it is in this post.

The lesser fly { ID=Urophora cardui } in this shot is getting more...
My crab spider has also applied the same motto. By moving less she caught quite a bit more.

It was utterly amazing to me that while the green-bottle was being "sedated" the smaller stem-gall fly < Urophora cardui > was having a good suck on the daisy that was well past its prime, apparently totally oblivious or uncaring about the drama about one-and-a-half centimeters away...

Information about crabspiders is available at the opening shot of this sequence.
These Crab Spiders, ( Misumena vatia ), are also known as a Flower or Goldenrod Spiders.

Techie stuff:
Colour Representation sRGB
35mm eq. 60mm
Metering mode: pattern
Photo shot at 16:20

PP: none, other than crop & caption...

PS With this repost I want to thank Howard Cheek for his help. This photo had the following workshop:
"Just some NR BG, inverted the selection and applied a lesser amount to the subjects. Then a teeny bit of USM...couldn't use much.."
Howard deserves the credit, and has my thanks!

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Clancys: the spider's meal.Shoot_Score 1 03-18 21:03
To arfer: This one reminds me of the classic poem,"Shoot_Score 1 03-14 10:23
To batu: Further update...Shoot_Score 1 03-10 22:45
To ellis49: I think I have post a similar.Shoot_Score 1 03-10 18:25
To nainnain: ces 2insectes en meme tempsShoot_Score 1 03-10 17:30
To marhowie: Where have I seen this before? ;)Shoot_Score 1 03-10 13:06
To peter_stoeckl: no more icicles ........ we wish!Shoot_Score 1 03-10 12:07
To batu: Urophora carduiShoot_Score 1 03-10 10:33
To Adanac: I like what was done to this already great captuShoot_Score 1 03-10 09:19
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Hi Jay,
I would have called this predator, prey and pollination, hows that one for the young buck. I like what was done to this already great capture.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-10 9:17]

Hello Jay,
Beautiful capture on this scary scane.POV,sharpness,clear details,framing and composition are perfect.Have a great weekend!

Hi Jay,
Where have I seen this before? ;)
Well done.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-03-10 10:05]
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Hello Jay,
a very nice composition and interesting overall scene. The small fly is:
- Urophora cardui
- family: Tephritidae
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Jay,
no more icicles - but flowers and fliers from New Scotland: that looks different my dear friend! Slowly, slowly, in the near future, you might even go as far as picturing butterflies. But you are not a friend of the idyllic places, I know. The little bit of horror provided by a crab spider in the petals makes flower power more digestible.
"Moving less you will be catching more" - what a nice motto, I'll gratefully take that with me!
With thanks, and best regards,

Hi Jay,
this is avery good macro shot, you captured a good action
with the crab spinder hugging the poor fly, I think I have post a similar.
Good details, well exposed and nice colours.
Beautiful wok.

magnifique ces 2insectes en meme temps
bonne présentation, bravo

Hey Jay, in this case, more is more. The spider obviously is going for the bigger bite. I'm guessing while he's working on the big guy he's not going to worry about a little morsel like a stem-gall fly.

I like the composition with the small guy dead centre in the shot, while all of the activity takes place on the sidelines. Good colour and detail.

Thanks, John

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-12 15:04]

Superb drama, Jay! You did a great job capturing this. Background does look nicer.
Great Pov, superb colours

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-12 21:48]
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Hello Jay

This one reminds me of the classic poem,"Will you walk into my parlor?" said the spider to the fly".Well seen and captured.There seems to be alot of activity going on,on top of that flower.Good overhead POV ,well focused with good use of lighting.TFS


Nice capture for both, your photo and the spiders meal.


Dinner is defintely READY!!

Sharp, clean and relevant capture of this one!!

Well done!


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