The Spider and the Fly...I mean Mosquito

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This first shot isn't all that good but I only got one off before the spider claimed his meal. I'm showing this so you can get an idea of now small this spider is. For those interested. I found the web and set up my camera/tripod. I then started swatting mosquitoes as they bit me. I used a tweezer to pick the mosquito from my hand and toss it into the web. Seconds later the spider was out. This is actually a collection of two feeding sessions a few minutes apart.

Equipment was my D40, Sigma 150 2.8 and my SB800 using one of those Ebay lens mounted screens to diffuse the flash.

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Now he's starting to wrap it.
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If you look closely in this shot you can see the web stringing out of the orifices on it's back end.
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Moves his meal to the center of the web next to the remnants of the first mosquito
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Now it's back to finish up the first one.
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And now it begins sucking the juices out of the mosquito it just wrapped.
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The rest of the set is here.
http://nhwoodworker.com/Gallery/sigma150mm/spider/
 

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