“Unexpected Guest”

“Unexpected Guest”

“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.

Nikon D800
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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16 Comments on ““Unexpected Guest”

  1. 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.

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