Monday, October 24, 2011

The Spider and the Fly (or in this case Bee)

I have an area around the side of my house that always seems to have some kind of bug or spider activity.  When I went out with my camera yesterday, I came across this guy.  He (she?) is a Leopard spider, also known as as a Snake-Back spider, because the marking on the back of it's abdomen sometimes looks snake-like.  I've also seen a bright green version of this spider... and they blend in perfectly with green leaves.  Here's a great photo of the green version:  green leopard spider.  As I got closer to take the photo, I was really surprised to see he had a fresh kill - a honey bee.  Never knew bees were typical prey for spiders (or at least this spider).
Happy Macro Monday, and have a great week!!

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18 comments:

  1. Poor fuzzy little bee....big ugly mean spider.

    Nice photo of the kill....

    Gotta get me one of those lens!!!!

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  2. I have never seen Leopard Spider. Didn't even know they existed. What a great find and photo too. Well done.

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  3. Great detail on the spider! Nasty thing...I got bit big-time by one of those things once when I was gardening - she was protecting an egg sac, and she literally JUMPED on me like a vampire to sink her fangs in my forearm. I have had a healthy respect for this species ever since!

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  4. It's a neat shot, great details!

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  5. A very surprising spider!!! Great shot!

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  6. the colors and details are fantastic. great macro capture.

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  7. What an interesting looking spider, and a great macro!

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  8. I would never have thought I would enjoy a photo of “the kill,” but this one is awesome. The spider is so unusual...have never seen one like him. Know he is a happy camper with this yummy din-din.genie

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  9. Oh my! I am terrified of spiders! Help! I have to admit this is a fascinating capture though. Wow!

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  10. Oh my ..... This is fantastic!

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  11. Fantastic image! Interesting markings on the spider, I've never seen one like that.

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  12. Stunning closeup. The flower's colours also make the pic even better

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  13. Oh Gos, let me turn around and run away screaming!! Fantastic photos... simply amazing!

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  14. Fabulous detail in this photo. What a great capture.

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