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

    bill-e

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    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.

    spider_mosquito2008-08-23_18-49-21.jpg

    Now he's starting to wrap it.
    spider_mosquito2008-08-23_18-50-06.jpg

    If you look closely in this shot you can see the web stringing out of the orifices on it's back end.
    spider_mosquito2008-08-23_19-23-19.jpg

    Moves his meal to the center of the web next to the remnants of the first mosquito
    spider_mosquito2008-08-23_19-23-29.jpg

    Now it's back to finish up the first one.
    spider_mosquito2008-08-23_19-24-03.jpg

    And now it begins sucking the juices out of the mosquito it just wrapped.
    spider_mosquito2008-08-23_19-24-41.jpg

    The rest of the set is here.
    http://nhwoodworker.com/Gallery/sigma150mm/spider/