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Nec Hercules contra plures
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-12
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-12 13:35
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is very interesting scene taken today at Botanic Garden. I saw Misumena vatia which hunted large bee. But it wasn't most interesting thing. Bee was full of small flies from Milichiidae family. These flies are kleptoparasitic - they eat preys hunted by bigger animals like spiders or dragonflies.

For more info look at this site - http://milichiidae.info/

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What a scene! Well done Grzegorz! Very interesting post, in the spirit of TN to learn about nature. I didn't know that and never see it. Your photo is also well done, with sharp details and good composition. TFS. Cheers,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-12 15:20]

Hello Greg,
Very nice to see a photo from you.
Great scene here in good sharpness and very good details. Beautiful natural colours. Excellent contrasting OOF BG and POV.

A picture of epic dimensions, Greg!
Goodness gracious, you have captured 13 subjects within this frame engaged in the business of survival!
The Crab spider is the master of ceremonies in this dramatic scene. That it can capture a bee much larger than itself is a charisma of nature.
The image is pin sharp and beautiful.
Thanks and regards.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-06-12 23:48]

Hello Greg!
Great to see a post from you again and this is an amazing scene! How clever of you to spot it and the technical quality is brilliant showing impressive details. Very well done and thanks for the note too.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-12 23:48]

Hello Greg,
An amazing macro!
Not only tecnically superb showing these insects and a spider with fine sharpness and colours, but also showing a phenomenon rarely shown, if ever before on TN: kleptoparasitism!
Well done, Congratulations and thanks!
Best regards,

This is a great fight!
Great details and colors for all insects. Good POV,BG!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-13 0:28]

Wonderful capture this great fight! And the title is excellent1
Perfect details and colors!

Witam Grzesiu!
Fantastyczne wykonanie zdjecia i zarazem super dokumentacja przyrodnicza! Zdecydowanie jedno z moich ulubionych zdjec na TN :)
A przy okazji widze, ze i mitologia sie interesuje Waszmosc ;)

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-06-13 4:07]

Beautifully captured interesting image of the spider with bee and all those flies taking advantage of free meal. well done. tfs.

Świetna fota, tyle się na niej dzieje! :)
Już od jakiegoś czasu chcę się wybrać do Ogrodu Botanicznego. Żałuję jedynie, że dość půźno jest otwierany. ;/


Ciao Greg, a very interesting capture, I never see a scene as this one, double specie of predators on a poor bee, thats amazing, superb macro with splendid sharpness, fine detaiols, wonderful natural colors and lovely blurry BG, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2010-06-30 2:40]

Hi Red Greg
What a busy scene!!
I don't know who to feel sorry for the most. The bee or the small flies who are going to lose their meal as soon as the pretty spider eats the big fellow.
Excellent capture - the 18 (at least) insects are so very crisp and sharp.
I'm impressed
Kia ora MF

Hi Grzegorz,
What an interesting scene. Furthermore captured with crisp clear details and perfect light. Very appropriate DOF and composition. Not even a small nit. I love this pic.
I saw those flies on a dragonfly prey. I had no idea then that they were specialised in this way of finding food. Thanks for your very informative note.

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