“He was a killer, a thing that preyed, living on the things that lived, unaided, alone, by virtue of his own strength and prowess, surviving triumphantly in a hostile environment where only the strong survive.
– Jack London
You never know what you may come across while doing macro photography. I had stopped to make a picture of this bladder campion, but was a bit disappointed in its advanced condition. As I reviewed the shot to verify focus and exposure, I noticed this sneaky crab spider lurking on the bladders. I’m seeing these spiders a lot lately, it seems almost every plant has one hiding somewhere.
This image shows the spider in its typical attack position, sitting above the bladder, waiting to pounce on some unsuspecting insect. It’s quite the effective predator. This one is quite large, with a pea sized abdomen.
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/400 sec, f/7.1 ISO 100
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Beautiful capture and amazing guest 🙂
I love those moments when you review your macro shots and find something totally unexpected.
It seems to happen a lot 🙂
The freakiest time is when you are viewing rocks and minerals under the ‘scope and suddenly a mite or other small critter scuttles across your field of view!
Yes, I’ve experienced that as well.
What a wonderful surprise.
Excellent camouflage 🙂
Like Maggie commented, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken photos of flowers only to find a cagey crab spider lurking! One of my favorite instances was when I thought I was taking a photo of a fly on a flower only to discover that the fly was in the mouth of a spider! Now I know to keep an eye out.
That would be quite the photo.
🙂 Great shot! They sure are an interesting species!
You’d think the red stripe would give them away, but it just disguises them more.
Had to look twice before I noticed the body was not part of the Campion.
Yes, me too.