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A female adonis blue butterfly trying to evade the clutches of a crab spider that is lurking at the back of this devils bit scabious. I saw this mini drama unfold at Swelshill Bank near Stroud back at the beginning of September. The butterfly managed to fly off without any harm coming to it as did the burnet moth pictured in v3 which landed on the flower a short time after.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon IXUS 107
Lens:5.0 - 20.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 27.5 - 109.9 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:3 Sep 2012 - 10:29 AM
Focal Length:5mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:80
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Dicing with Death!
Username:Glostopcat Glostopcat
Uploaded:25 Sep 2012 - 5:00 PM
Tags:Adonis blue butterfly, Close-up / macro, Crab spider, Devils bit scabious, Flowers & plants, Glos, Six spot burnet moth, Stroud, Swelshill Bank, Wildlife / nature
Votes:54
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Gerryrys
Gerryrys  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 5:03 PM

Nicely composed Ed.

Gerry

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WindowonWildlife
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25 Sep 2012 - 5:14 PM

A wonderful trio Ed, has to be V1 for me mate Wink

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8141 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 5:16 PM

You're stepping on my toes, Ed WinkWink. Three super captures, glad they were by you and not the crabbie Smile Carol

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8293 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 5:27 PM

Great set all of them worthy of their own upload

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43500 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom105 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 5:38 PM

A magical set of images Ed, each one full of their own finer attributes. Extremely hard to select a particular favourite as they are all so very well captured. However i shall stick my neck out a little and chosen the Six Spotted Burnet Moth, as he looks quite magnificent in his fine red and black cloak.

Regards Nathan

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1075 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 5:44 PM

Oh wow, nature red in tooth and claw even when the teeth and claws are minute! Great set, macro photo journalism.
Moira

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lifesnapper
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25 Sep 2012 - 6:06 PM

What a find Ed', great captures.

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barbarahirst
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25 Sep 2012 - 6:14 PM

great stuff!!!!

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HELANA
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25 Sep 2012 - 6:34 PM

Very well taken,good close up.
Elena

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ValSaxby
ValSaxby e2 Member 9140 forum postsValSaxby vcard United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 - 6:35 PM

Wonderful images - the colours are beautifully natural. Excellent work

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Badgerfred
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25 Sep 2012 - 6:42 PM

Nice captures Ed, V1 my favourite,
Fred.

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 6:43 PM

They certainly would have be "nice captures" if the crab spider had managed to grab hold of them, it would have filled his larder for a day or two!

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achieverswales
25 Sep 2012 - 6:45 PM

Well spotted Ed very dramatic captures.

Regards

Trev.

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WhiteRose1
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25 Sep 2012 - 6:53 PM

Watching the drama unfold.,.. better than Corrie any day.

Dave

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 6:55 PM


Quote: Watching the drama unfold.,.. better than Corrie any day.

Dave

That wouldn't be hard, even Ade's hedgehog cam is more exciting to watch than the soaps!Wink

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 7:04 PM

Three fine shots with V 1 the tops for me, Ed.
Ronnie.

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Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 7:06 PM

What superb timing for these superb photojournalism shots.

Rock

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 7:07 PM

Nice POV.
Matt

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gingerdelight
25 Sep 2012 - 7:21 PM


Quote: Watching the drama unfold.,.. better than Corrie any day.

Dave That wouldn't be hard, even Ade's hedgehog cam is more exciting to watch than the soaps!Wink

Yours is a great drama Ed and I LOVE Ade hedgehog cam (must take a look later!). Fab images!
Carol

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Maiwand
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25 Sep 2012 - 7:27 PM

Super shots Ed.
Ron

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Glyn1
Glyn1  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 7:38 PM

reminds me of a film title " along came a spider"

3 great captures Ed.

Glyn

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Louise_Morris
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25 Sep 2012 - 7:56 PM

3 good captures Ed - well done! Hope you had an ice cream too! Wink Lou

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EMJAYCEE
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25 Sep 2012 - 7:57 PM

Drama indeed Ed and fine captures too.
Joan.

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Glostopcat
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25 Sep 2012 - 7:59 PM


Quote: 3 good captures Ed - well done! Hope you had an ice cream too! Wink Lou

I did, I think I had the cookies and cream flavour, Winstones organic ice cream is to be recommended for anyone visiting Rodborough Common and Swelshill BankSmile

Last Modified By Glostopcat at 25 Sep 2012 - 8:00 PM

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25 Sep 2012 - 8:13 PM

Glad to learn there was a happy ending! Lovely images.

Ann

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25 Sep 2012 - 9:17 PM

The ones that got away. Drama on the scabious.

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zapar40
zapar40  466 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 9:36 PM

very dramatic captures Ed, nicely done.
ant.

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Brian65
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25 Sep 2012 - 9:41 PM

WOW! what a great capture Ed, spot on my friend.
Brian

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AnnChown
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25 Sep 2012 - 9:42 PM

What a crafty spider lying in wait. Glad they all got away! Smile
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annettep38
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25 Sep 2012 - 10:07 PM

very well spotted and taken!!
a heinous murderer that never happened.. white crabs seem to hide frequently in these heads. I have seen a bee captured while another one and a burnett moth on the same flower never noticed a thing

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25 Sep 2012 - 10:17 PM

Many thanks for all your comments and clicks, they are much appreciated, Ed

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2012 - 1:18 AM

So, how did the moth fare? Great reportage here--- the spiders usually win!

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ali63
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26 Sep 2012 - 9:24 AM

Well spotted,
Ali

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ChristineD
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27 Sep 2012 - 6:55 PM

Three super captures

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Chinga
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29 Sep 2012 - 8:43 AM

Each shot has us on edge! Nature at best... Hope those beauties escaped... IB

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