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The Spider and the Fly...I mean Mosquito

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by bill-e, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. bill-e


    May 10, 2008
    New Hampshire
    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.

    NIKON D40    ---    150mm    f/8.0    1/60s    ISO 200

    Now he's starting to wrap it.
    NIKON D40    ---    150mm    f/22.0    1/60s    ISO 200

    If you look closely in this shot you can see the web stringing out of the orifices on it's back end.
    NIKON D40    ---    150mm    f/36.0    1/160s    ISO 220

    Moves his meal to the center of the web next to the remnants of the first mosquito
    NIKON D40    ---    150mm    f/36.0    1/160s    ISO 400

    Now it's back to finish up the first one.
    NIKON D40    ---    150mm    f/36.0    1/160s    ISO 250

    And now it begins sucking the juices out of the mosquito it just wrapped.
    NIKON D40    ---    150mm    f/36.0    1/160s    ISO 220

    The rest of the set is here.
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