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E20 Macro Spider Wars

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FL-40, MCON35 and Nikon 6T Macro lenses.... darkish shade

The pictures on this page are presented in chronological order, the thumbnails below are around about actual size
(the one where she stops for a feed is about spot on)

This little spider was hanging about in a shady glade, waiting for lunch to fly by
Spider hanging around
a tasty hoverfly obliges, and this little spider paralises it and is wrapping away when....
Spider chomps prey Spider wrapping Spider wrapping Spider wrapping
It's spider two, what looks like a male, and I don't think he's here to court...
Spider on the block Spider on the block
Then the trouble really starts
Trouble really starts Trouble really starts Trouble really starts Trouble really starts Face off
Here she seems to stop for a feed on the fly for about three minutes
Stops for a feed
Then back to the fray
Back to the fray Back to the fray
Some really nice fangs unsheathed in this shot
Fangs Zooom in to see fangs better
To-ing and fro-ing To-ing and fro-ing To-ing and fro-ing To-ing and fro-ing To-ing and fro-ing
After much to-ing and fro-ing, posturing, twanging of the web with their front legs.... they drop down on a single string in a clinch... I don't think they were mating as there was a lot of waving fangs going on in the clinch and at no point preceding this point could I detect anything like the sperm-web in the males palps... but if anyone out there knows something I don't about these spiders, please enlighten!
Chomp
The smaller male drops to the ground after this and the winner is....
and the winner is...
She continues wrapping her prize
wrap it neatly wrap it neatly wrap it neatly wrap it neatly wrap it neatly
and carries it off to her pantry
off to the pantry
FIN

current picture count 30

Last Modified Friday November 14 2008
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