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This little scorpionfly came very close to a sticky end yesterday. I was photographing him when he flew into a nearby cupressus, and straight into a spiderís web. The spider, who had been invisible, appeared from nowhere and rushed down his web to ensnare the scorpionfly. They struggled for some time whilst I took a couple of images, then I managed to get the scorpionfly out of the web with a stick, where he spent some time cleaning himself up before flying away. His pose in V.4 seems to say Ďok, hands up, it was my faultíSmile

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:a close shave!
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:5 Jan 2012 - 5:51 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Wildlife / nature
Votes:81
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samarmishra
5 Jan 2012 - 6:02 AM

Good morning dear. This is an excellent set of images, it is really difficult to judge which is the best for me all are equally good.. Excellent set..

Samar..

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prabhusinha
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5 Jan 2012 - 6:04 AM

Ops Samar saw it early . A great save.

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Chinga
Chinga Plus Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
5 Jan 2012 - 6:26 AM

The drama! At the way the spider attacked!!! that's one lucky fly...
Superb reportage! V2 and V3 are shocking, horrendous... but fascinating at the same time...
Bravo Carol that was even better than saving them from the pool! Grin IB

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Ade_Osman
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5 Jan 2012 - 6:33 AM

Another good macro series Carol......You RotterTongue

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5 Jan 2012 - 6:38 AM

Another superb series Carol, nature red in tooth and claw (or pincer).

Andy

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 7:19 AM

fantastic set carol brilliant detail cracking colours and light top class photography nice ones Wink
andy

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SUE118
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5 Jan 2012 - 7:23 AM

I do like happy endings.

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dven
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5 Jan 2012 - 7:30 AM

Great action shots

dven

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helenlinda
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5 Jan 2012 - 7:36 AM

v2 gets my vote- such an unusual sight
Helen

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saeidNL
saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 7:40 AM

Stunning and fantastic set of images,V2 is my favorite,
saeid

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CaroleS
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5 Jan 2012 - 7:51 AM

Great action set Carol - love V4 where he is dusting himself off! Carole

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 7:51 AM

Amazing set Carol. Lucky for him (or her?) that you were around. Paul

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barbarahirst
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5 Jan 2012 - 8:09 AM

Brilliant reportive work Carol...
Top of the class for sure

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brownsilent
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5 Jan 2012 - 8:24 AM

A great set with a story in it.... and what did Mrs. Itzy have for dinner???
Johanna

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teocali
teocali Plus Member 7332 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 8:45 AM

Supern set and brilliant narrative, Carol.
Sylvia

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User_Removed
5 Jan 2012 - 8:48 AM

Stunning detail in them all, excellent.

Lucien.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8617 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1148 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 8:55 AM

I think you are getting to grips with the new camera. The detail, exposure and colour in these is excellent.
Moira

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY Plus Member 8967 forum postsJN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 9:30 AM

Interesting story in 4 images.
JNC

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 9:32 AM

Yep, happy endings suit me best too! Wonderfully detailed shots. Looks like you've totally mastered that Panasonic now, as I knew you would.

Ann

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lonely_oryx
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5 Jan 2012 - 10:00 AM

Incredible story

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digital_boi
5 Jan 2012 - 10:46 AM

All winners today Carol good narrative

Graham GrinGrinGrinGrin

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buxton
buxton  7 England
5 Jan 2012 - 11:02 AM

Fantastic set of images, with the story... priceless Grin
Martin.. Oh and V4, my favourite a happy ending..

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SlowSong
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5 Jan 2012 - 11:06 AM

Carol, you're fast becoming a Superhero! Grin Great stuff.
Chris

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gingerdelight
5 Jan 2012 - 11:22 AM

Well rescued Carol! Quite a little story told here - lovely images!
Carol

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bagman
bagman  465 forum posts United States
5 Jan 2012 - 11:56 AM

excellent captured set of photos showing life.well done.
frank.

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Gray_ina
Gray_ina  6
5 Jan 2012 - 12:11 PM

Hi Carol this is a great set, well done regards gray

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achieverswales
5 Jan 2012 - 12:28 PM

Love the set Carol, I know it is nature! But so glad of your rescue.

Regards

Trev.

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Joline
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5 Jan 2012 - 12:53 PM

I'm sure the spider didn't appreciate your Samaritan act, but the fly sure looks relieved.
What a fine series. You do lead an exciting lifeSmile

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posty57
posty57  7 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 1:17 PM

You have now been officially designated a war correspondent. Your images of the front line are superb. Just remember to not get involved. Smile

Barry

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dmhuynh72
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5 Jan 2012 - 1:29 PM

strange looking all very well taken.
regards
Yung

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Daisymaye
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5 Jan 2012 - 2:02 PM

Excellent as always Carol............Sandy

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exposure
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5 Jan 2012 - 2:29 PM

A lovely set of images Carol..
Best Wishes
Pauline

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ccb
ccb  626 forum posts United States2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 2:56 PM

You are finding so much drama, Carol. Amazing how much life there is beneath our eyes. Great series.
Christina

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danbrann
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5 Jan 2012 - 2:58 PM

Drama in the natural world. Superb Carol.

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Jekaro
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5 Jan 2012 - 3:30 PM

Just brilliant, Carol, an excellent series.
Roy

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DanielD
DanielD  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 3:34 PM

Another excellent set, Carol - very dramatic action - well done

Regards Daniel

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TrevBatWCC
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5 Jan 2012 - 3:35 PM

He certainly seems to be appreciative of his rescue! Smile But what about the poor spider losing his lunch?!! Wink Another fine set, Carol Smile
Trev Smile

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nigele1
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5 Jan 2012 - 3:39 PM

A wonderful sequence, your observational skills are so acute and you are clearly getting to grips with naming and identifying your subjects. Marvellous!

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5 Jan 2012 - 3:50 PM

So much drama Carol but I'm glad you rescued him.
Joan.

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JOKEN
JOKEN  5 United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 4:46 PM

SIMPLY STUNNING. I can't think of any more superlatives at the moment.
Ken

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MilanaG
MilanaG  9 Bulgaria
5 Jan 2012 - 4:54 PM

Great series again...so much drama here...glad to be in your little world again!
Milena

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jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 5:25 PM

Brilliant again, a tale with a happy ending for the fly and a hungry one for the spider. Very well photographed.
jon

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5 Jan 2012 - 6:29 PM

Chicken Korma tonight, Carol Wink

F x

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5 Jan 2012 - 6:31 PM

you could almost do a documentary on the findings in your garden !! superb shot

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5 Jan 2012 - 6:34 PM

Notice you got your shots BEFORE the rescue Carol TongueGrin. Wonderful set of shots. Moira

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5 Jan 2012 - 6:41 PM

Well done youSmile

I wonder what the Spider had for his meal?Wink

Adrian

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sable  6 England7 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 7:28 PM

Great set of images with an equally good narative - Elizabeth xx

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5 Jan 2012 - 8:25 PM

Great captures Carol - the spider might have jabbed him though - could be a gonner.Sad
Brian.

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5 Jan 2012 - 8:32 PM

What a story and great shot, you're a saviour.

Rick

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5 Jan 2012 - 8:50 PM

Four excellent macro's Carol,superb work as always Wink

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5 Jan 2012 - 9:36 PM

Brilliant set again Carol
Lillian

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Peagreen  4 England1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 11:05 PM

Fantastic set again and a great narrative as well, Carol . Brilliant captures, extremely well doneSmile
Take care, Pauline

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evelen  10 England
6 Jan 2012 - 6:22 PM

excellent set carol.eve.

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 8:03 PM

'Superb, artistic, & beautiful Set of Scorpion Fly Macro Images' ~ Peter

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7 Jan 2012 - 8:10 AM

I solemnly promise never to take them for crickets again. What an impressive nose!
Glad you rescued him, I bet they all know you watch over them Smile

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8 Jan 2012 - 10:07 PM

A marvellous set of natural history images Carol, you should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself depriving that poor spider of his dinner!Wink

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