Death (aka Murder) In The Flowers

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Death (aka Murder) In The Flowers

Postby tozjohn » Sun Oct 05, 2014 5:46 pm

While recently birding in Southern Ontario at the Bird Studies Complex trails near Long Point in a quiet time I took time to photograph some butterflies. I spotted a beautiful male Clouded Sulphur amongst the wild Asters and proceeded to take some pics. However, he flew up from the flower right into the web of a voracious Black and Yellow Striped Garden Spider. In the space of approx 1 minute he was toast (supper that is) as the spider attacked, killed and spun him into a convenient package. This was one quick and mean araneae.
Used my 300 for these pics and they didnt turn out too bad. (thanks again Sandy) Not quite macro but close. Depth of field was the only bothersome item but with the bright light I was able to adjust to compensate a bit.

Ron Johnston
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

Clouded Sulphur Butterfly (male) - Bird Studies Trail Long Point ON, Sept 19, 2014.jpg
Clouded Sulphur Butterfly (male) - Bird Studies Trail Long Point ON, Sept 19, 2014.jpg (240.36 KiB) Viewed 1168 times

Black & Yellow Striped Garden Spider  (with prey Clouded Sulphur But-fly) 2 - Bird Studies Trail Long Point ON, Sept 19, 2014.jpg
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Black & Yellow Striped Garden Spider (with prey Cld Sulphur) 2 - Bird Studies Trail Long Point ON, Sept 19, 2014.jpg
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Black & Yellow Striped Garden Spider(with prey Cld Sulphur) 3 - Bird Studies Trail Long Point ON, Sept 19, 2014.jpg
From the time I took the first pic just before he hit the web to when he finished wrapping up his meal was "one minute and 10 seconds". Not too bad.
Black & Yellow Striped Garden Spider(with prey Cld Sulphur) 3 - Bird Studies Trail Long Point ON, Sept 19, 2014.jpg (179.01 KiB) Viewed 1168 times
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Re: Death (aka Murder) In The Flowers

Postby Dale » Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:40 pm

Great pictures Ron, and neat posting. Nature can be tough at times.

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Re: Death (aka Murder) In The Flowers

Postby SandyLee » Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:49 am

Oh dear.... poor Flutter-By! But, great series of shots, Ron! Glad to know that the 300 is being good to you! :D
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Re: Death (aka Murder) In The Flowers

Postby MikeW » Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:36 pm

Really nice shots Ron.
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Re: Death (aka Murder) In The Flowers

Postby Ekfelton » Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:54 am

Great shots! Really like the spider with the sulfur in the web.
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Re: Death (aka Murder) In The Flowers

Postby jsommer » Mon Oct 13, 2014 5:18 pm

This is a great series! Thanks for sharing.
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