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eating from the spider web

eating from the spider web
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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): my best 25 photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-24 10:39
Viewed: 9553
Points: 130
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
With the red, curved rear point, which has much gone of the sting of a scorpion, the male holds the female fixed during the paring. To infer the female, he gives her a drop saliva firstly. Generally the scorpions flies hide themselves on the shade side of a hedge or a small wood. They do not love apparently direct sunshine. They feed there self mainly with dead insects, which they obtain sometimes from a spider web. The female has a sharp rear. The larvae are a kind of caterpillars and are 15 mm large.

This one I took last sunday. It was funnie. This scorpion fly was eating from a spider web, and sitting in that web, so it look likes it is flying through space. when i saw the photo I must think on star-trek.
I hope you like the shot too.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To fransie: Wat is sy naam in Hollands?carper 1 11-19 07:25
To Nephrotome2: without beeing glued on the web?carper 1 06-15 00:55
To pitai: How you got it flying?carper 1 03-18 02:13
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Interesting POV Jaap with it suspended mid-air like this. Good details, colors and light. I like it, good fun!

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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2005-08-24 11:03]

Belle image Jaap, J'aime la composition et le rendu des couleurs. Bravo

A good example of a levitating insect, rare these days :-).
Well, this is an amazing shot, because, by the legs, you see it's not flying, but still, it looks like flying. The strange shape of these scorpion flies adds to the mystery conveyed with this shot. Very good catch, Jaap!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-24 11:35]
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I realize that you have a new camera.
Incredible photo for this flying scorpion. Sharpness is good for an action shot. 1/90 I can't believe ;-) I like the colors of the blurred background. Congratulations Jaap and TFS.

Nice shot Jaap, good macro, I like the details, sharpness and intestring POV. Good work! Thanks for sharing

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  • Vicky Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 94] (468)
  • [2005-08-24 12:53]

Nice shot Jaap. Good colours and clarity. Stands out especially well against the background.
Beam me up Scorpie (ugh!)
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards, Vicky

Great macro, Jaap.
It's nice to see a scorpion fly, I have not seen non this year, last year I saw a lot of them.
Very good action. nice colour and good details.
Excellent work.

This is such an impressive shot, I like scorpionflies so much. They are looking so dangerous. It's great to see it "standing" in the air. You made a marvelous shot, thanks for sharing it with us,
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-08-24 13:02]


That's a beauty. It looks as if you are living in Jurassic Parc.
Perfect detailed picture.


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-24 13:18]
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Jaap, really nice. Before reading your note, I thought to myself: "How could he 'freeze' the action by using only 1/90?".

A really great shot.

Excellent colors, pov and composition. I like colors too. Since we cannot see the web, I'd say this is a great effect too.


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  • Lia Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 17 N: 135] (952)
  • [2005-08-24 13:33]

Bizar zeg !!
echt geweldig.
zou er zo in mijn schik mee zijn als ik hem ook zo op de foto kreeg.
top gedaan.
groetjes Lia

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-08-24 13:58]

Hahaha, you caught me Jaap! I really thought he was flying until I read your note. :) Funny! The DOF is too shallow, but the colors are very good. Composition and POV are also very nice. Well done & TFS!


Strange looking creature, and I like the standing on air bit... Colours and details are good, smoothness is good, though maybe a hint of pixellation.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-08-24 14:20]

Niez³y chwyt i za to punkty, bardzo dobrze wysz³o. brawo!!!

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-24 14:25]

Hello jaap!
Very nice capture!Colours,details and composition are great.
Thanks for posting.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-24 17:35]

Very nice Jaap, it does look like it is flying. Good composition and nice details. Very nice work, well done.

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2005-08-24 18:19]

This has got to be one of the most bizarre, yet incredible insect images I have ever seen! Excellent capture...you have a great eye of observation!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-24 19:50]

Hi Jaap! I do not have the time to write a decent comment. I give to you the well deserved smiley.

" Smiles are the soul's kisses. " (Minna Thomas Antrim)
" The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul. " (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Thank you for sharing pictures and notes and for the enjoyment which they give to me.

Have a wonderfull morning, afternoon, evening, night! ;-)

Nice shot Jaap!
It really looks like flying! Great colors and details on a nice BG. TFS

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-08-24 21:45]

Hi Jaap,
This is a very beautiful photo!
Very sharp and very clear image, great colour, excellent background.
Well done and thanks for sharing!

This is such an unusual photo. It's really amazing. More depth of field would have been nice but it's still a fascinating picture of this incredible Scorpion Fly. Thanks for sharing it!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-25 3:17]

Hello Jaap!
Amazing in flight macro.POV,BG,details and composition are excellent.Great results with compact camera.TFS...:-)

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-08-25 4:12]

Dag Jaap,
Opnieuw deze prachtige macro en zo scherp, wat is onze natuur voor mij veel veranderd na het zien van uw mooie foto's.
Groot werk hier Jaap.
Mijn complimenten,

Without reading your note, it looks like a flying insect. It's very unusual to see an insect like this intentionally go into a spider web! Well, I've never seen it before! DOF is obviously quite shallow, but necessary, I assume to remove the web from the FOV. Main thing is you got the head in focus.
Well done.

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  • Eko Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 187 W: 10 N: 38] (121)
  • [2005-08-25 4:35]

Hi Jaap!
Wonderful capture.I liked POV,blurred BG and composition are perfect.Thanks for posting.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-08-25 4:48]

Hello Jaap, I don't know this bug ! It's very strange. Compsition and colors are perfect. Very well done . TFS Didier.

Hi Jaap,
This is a very special shot of a "Panorpa communis".
I like to see the details in the very special head of this insect : the point of view is well chosen.
It really seems to fly so your effect is successful !
Congratulations and thank you for the intersecting note.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-25 7:59]

Floating scorpion fly ;-) Excellent capture Jaap! Really well spotted. I saw this insect on spiders webs also - they easily flew away from it. POV is good, same as colours, and subject very interesting.

Ah ha, nearly fooled me. Still its a great shot Jaap. Excellent sharpness of this curious insect. Great POV and DOF, well done.

This is amazing Jaap!
Looks as if the insect've been captured in flight. You have really nice details here and perfect POV and composition.
Overall, great shot.
I like it very much.

This is an interesting shot, Jaap. Lovely POV and sharp where it counts. Maybe a tad oversharp.. :) It does look like it is flying though. Well done.

Excellent shot Jaap, a very short DOF makes this picture very pleasant. The sharpen is also very good, so is the lighting



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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-08-28 17:51]

What a funny shot Jaap, very wonderfull one i like the composition & the vivid colours, sharpness & dof are perfect, very well done and thanks for posting,

Have a great day,

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-08-31 2:50]

great action shot! great details and colours. nice blur coloured background. tfs

  • Georges Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-10-02 13:36]

Salut Jaap.
En plein vol c'est super ce type de prise et la le resultat vraiment pas facile a faire est tres net.
Bravo ;-)

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-10-09 20:48]

Wonderful capture, Jaap! Great POV, DOF and exposure assisted by a very interesting note. Congratulations. Michal

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-12 6:13]

Yes, very Star-treck. It looks like it is suspended in space. Good capture Jaap. Very sharp and clear, well shown, thank you.

Wow Jaap, how did I miss this beauty???

An amazing shot that is quite deceiving even when you look closer.

Superb details, the BG is wonderful for this image.

Well done and thank you for sharing it.

Phantastic capture, Jaap, getting the insect in flight that sharp. Composition is very well balanced, and so are the colours. Outstanding document. Thank you!

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-02-09 3:36]

Hi Jaap.
Uufffffffff.....fantastic shoot,great moment, wonderful composition details and colors,is a great photo.


Great and interesting picture and note where is the web as you said it is really looks like it is flying!!

Goutham R

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-02-14 19:06]

hello Jaap,
This really is an amazing capture.
I've seen these on webs but found them difficult to photograph.
The photo has excellent quality and POV ,the insect appears to be flying.
Superb,well done.


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  • eleana Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 206 W: 80 N: 75] (2247)
  • [2006-02-15 16:29]

WOW Jaap!
Looking your gallery and love your photos, but this one is amazing!!! Just perfect picture, I have not other words! :-)
Best regards, I enjoying by your beautiful works!

Hello Jaap En plein vol c'est super ce type de prise et la le resultat vraiment pas facile a faire est tres net.
Merci et Bravo ....JP

Hi, Jaap.
I was sure it's flying. Like the action here. Excellent exposure. Nice shot.

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-03-17 7:24]
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hello jaap, this is an insect I have never seen before. very difficult shot. How you got it flying? I can't do that. insects are too fast for me to shot flying. very instructive an nice. tfs. gabriel

Hi jaap ,

Never had seen such a insect nor such a picture , wow amazing shot , It simply looks flying.Very amazing shot of this guy.



niiiiiiiiiiiiiiice shot

Fantastic flight capture. BG good, sharpness good and all that with 90th sec. Let us in on it have you cloned out the thread it was hung from? Well done.

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  • BeBe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 253] (931)
  • [2006-06-13 21:30]

Hi Jaap, excellent sharp macro photo, the composition is very good, glad to add to 100 points, Juan

DOF a little shallow. Very good composition. Brilliant colors
and interest: DubbleMegaMaxi++++
I'm very curious now:
Does he know the trick used by spider to walk without beeing glued on the web? Is he that stong that he can break the web and escape any time a spider would charge? Are the spiders afraid to charge him?

Hi Jaap, TN is so big now, we miss wonderful shots like this UFO scorpion fly. If you did not explain I would think is floating on the air. Most interesting this one manages to sit in a spider web, without falling in its sticky texture :)
The DOF is a wee short but the details are very good. TFS.

hi jaap
je n'avais pas encore vu ce superbe cliché de mouche scorpion femellr en vol,la netteté est assez bonne malgrès le mouvement de l'insecte.le BG est bien fait.

Hi Jaap

This is just a very very excellent photo.
It would be beyond my capabilities and my equipment to produce such perfection.
Beautiful shot.



Dag Jaap,
Had uw werk nog niet gezien. Valt zeker niet onder de noemer 'amateur' zoals u het duidt.
Prompt gebombardeerd tot 'favorites'.
Heb ook gemerkt dat we somsop dezelfde plaatsen fotograferen:-).
Deze foto vind ik mooi en uitzonderlijk..soort in flight en dan ook weer niet. Mooi en goed!

Hej Jaap!
Masz tu ogromna ilosc pochwal, niech i ja dorzuce swoje. Zdjecie owada w locie, to juz wyzsza szkola jazdy. WOW! Dziwiê sie, ze taka dobra wyszla jakosc przy tak dlugim czasie. Jestes mistrzem! Kolory, ostrosc i rozmyte tlo - supr!
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam - Roma_pl

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-14 5:24]

Hi Jaap
Must have miss this one. Grat action shot. Great colours, sharpnes, details, light, BG and POV. Good composition and frame. Also good note.
Well done mf


Great detail and suspended motion. The green background complements the reds and yellows in this scorpion fly. Great timing.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-26 11:15]

Mágica, increíble, única.
Admiro el nivel de control y de técnica que habías adquirido en el uso de tu Pro1 querido amigo.
Una perfecta imagen en movimiento y con sólo 1/90!
Gracias... Ricardo

Magic, incredible, peerless.
I admire the control level and of technique that you had acquired in the use of your Pro1 dear friend.
A perfect image in movement and just 1/90!
Thank you... Ricardo

wonderful photo with a time of 1/90 like six successful one to pick the moment? however it compliments also for the colors and the clearness. Emilio

super good shot! Benchmark sharpness and frame.


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  • pat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 0 N: 125] (414)
  • [2006-09-29 17:49]

The magic thing with the personal galerie is that older pics are popping up from time to time, so I came to discover this splendid shot you managed to capture a year ago. The scorpion flies being already very shy I only appreciate more that you managed this perfectly sharp "flying-feeding" shot of this chimera. Thanks for showing, Patrick

Hello Jaap,
Superb capture!
Even more impressive with the story told in this fine note...
Macro work well done, superb details and pleasant colours!
Pablo -

Hallo Jaap.
Wow. Pragtig. Jy het al die beweging van die vlerke gestop. Alles is pragtig skerp. Ek ken nie hierdie besie nie. Wat is sy naam in Hollands?
Werlik mooi. Baie geluk.

You're right! It is a very cool sci-fi-ish capture! Great complementary blurred background. This is a perfect macro shot! Congrats!

Very interesting photograph.
Loved the info too... :-)

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