Butterfly....for lunch

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I was out shooting in a small field, there were Skippers, small tree frogs and a Pine White Butterfly.

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But all of a sudden the Butterfly started tumbling, so I snapped a few of the action then took a look to see what was going on, a Crab Spider had the Butterfly in its clutches hanging from a lifeline.
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Then it pulled it back to the plant, there was some leg kicking but it didn't take long and it was still.
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Then it was ready to see what came along to investigate the Butterfly.
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And this Skipper turned out nicely.
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Martin
 
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Martin:

Interesting series and very well done. Just sorry about the demise of the butterfly, but that's what happens in nature. That's how I stumbled on my spider. I saw a butterfly fluttering but he was stuck in a web...he managed to escape just as the spider was coming down the web.
 
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BAD BAD SPIDEY !!!!!!!

Beautiful images though.

I saw a spider trying to get a bug, forgot what it was, and i let the bug free .. Guess I am bad..
 
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Very excellent series Martin. You amaze me with the micro-fauna that you find. When I go out looking, I see a few hornets and a few ants, but that's about it. Nothing at all like the diversity that you are able to find.
 
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Flew,

And you thought Florida had all the big bad bugs.

You know, out shooting this summer so far no bugs have bothered any of us at all. No no-see-ems no eeters.

They must be waiting for the tasty folks for Merritt III....lololol

Or it is just to blanken hot, even for the bugs.
 
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Thanks for the comments, did you see the spider in the first picture its between the flower bud and Butterfly.

I have heard of Crab Spiders getting Butterflies but never thought I would get to see it, in a whole summer I usually only see two or three Crab Spiders since they blend in so well.

I see lots of ants and wasps also, but if you keep looking you will find something more interesting, fields with wildflowers seem to be a good spot or fields near water so you get the dragonflies.

Martin
 
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Flew said:
CrystallP said:
Incredible series...nature can be brutal. You really do justice to that 200 micro! :wink:
Crystall,

You need that 200.... :twisted:
LALALALALA! Not listening! Trying to get the D2H transaction with Nigel completed!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Hee hee! Nope, I am going to get a Sigma ring flash first as soon as I sell my D70 to my...brother! Hee hee! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: Then, I might venture down that path. I talked myself out of the Beast as soon as Keith found me a reasonably priced D2H. Amazing how fast that happened. :lol:
 
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Great series Martin, gave me the ebee geebeez! LOL...... amazing taking on something that much bigger, makes us feel insignifcant. Great shots!
 

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