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Mystery of Third Subject

Mystery of Third Subject
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-03-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-03-21 1:40
Viewed: 1243
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this picture in my school garden today morning. As I mentioned earlier, the garden is in full spring bloom and numerous winged insects as well as hunting Spiders are in business.
When I was taking this picture, I thought it was yet another hunter-prey scenario. However, it was at the editing stage that I realized we had a mystery of the third subject in hand. The Crab Spider has taken a firm hold on a winged insect, but what is sitting on its back? Is it the baby Crab Spider enjoying a ride on its mother's back? Or could it be another predator preying on the Crab Spider itself?
Well, I can't decide for sure.
Any suggestions/explanation of the scenario?
Thanks for looking.

PS: The mystery was solved by an erudite friend on a different nature image sharing site just now. The fellow on the back of the female Crab Spider is the male of the species. Strange behaviour, all the same. The male clinging to the female like a dependent offspring.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-03-21 11:14]

Hello Ram,
Nice macro in beautiful colours and exceptional sharpness. No idea what's on the back of the crab Spider, a baby spider, that's for sure. But which one? A unique picture.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2016-03-21 13:09]

Most interesting!

Thank you, Ram,


Dear Ram,
a most unusual observation that you have been able to preserve here so well. Stunning, outstanding!
It also makes me think of a crabspider's male trying to get his chance. Being so much smaller in size than the female might help him not to be mistaken by his lady for a prey. Here she seems to be busy and happy with her prey, anyway.
Thank you for your fascinating and very valuable contributions on wildlife - an amazing number of it coming from your school garden.
Thank you for the outstanding input to TN from you for so many years.
With all my best wishes to you,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-03-21 18:25]

Hello Ram,
How neat to see this amazing sight with both male and female as well as the prey, all in the same frame. This is a very rare capture which would be hard to duplicate. Nicely framed and once again displaying outstanding detail. Colors are vivid yet natural and exposure is right on the mark. Great job!!

Hello Ram

Outstanding photo, it is realy amazing



Hello Ram,
A very nice and colorful macro image. The details, colors and focus are excellent.

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