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This unfortunate bee was relaxing in the sun on a leaf, and I was about to take a few pics, when the master of stealth appeared from seemingly nowhere and grabbed his dinner, right in front of my eyes! I was tempted to save the poor bee from certain death, but decided that nature is nature, and the spider is entitled to eat, so I continued taking pics until the poor bee could fight no more.

Brand:Olympus
Camera:Olympus FE-210
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:the kill
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:7 Mar 2011 - 5:25 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Wildlife / nature
Votes:80
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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
7 Mar 2011 - 5:27 AM

Vicious and great

Peter

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 6:09 AM

As you say, the spider has to eat. This is a brilliant documentary series.

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Louise_Morris
Louise_Morris e2 Member 42396 forum postsLouise_Morris vcard England
7 Mar 2011 - 6:25 AM

Wonderful series Carol & so very well taken - again! You are tempted to feel sympathy for the bee but as you say thats nature for you! Lou

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6105 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 6:31 AM

Unbelievable Carol. A great series of pictures of nature red in tooth and claw (and poisonous bite), the bee is so much bigger than the spider as well.

Andy

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 6:32 AM

What an event to capture so brilliantly on camera, Carol: as you indicate, sometimes you want to interfere, but this is nature in the raw for sure. Great set of shots.
Ronnie.

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Lesley1959
Lesley1959 e2 Member 6Lesley1959 vcard United Kingdom
7 Mar 2011 - 6:52 AM

Great image!!

Lesley

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Adderwatcher
7 Mar 2011 - 6:58 AM

Wonderful set of captures Carol!
Scott

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lianna
lianna  4 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 6:58 AM

Wow Carol!!! So well spotted... Amazing how nature survives... Must say I never seen anything like this... Quite fascinating and the detail makes it even more so!!!!

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Jekaro
Jekaro e2 Member 5Jekaro vcard United Kingdom
7 Mar 2011 - 7:06 AM

What a brilliant series of nature in the raw, all superbly capture as always, Carol.
Roy

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GarrathE
GarrathE e2 Member 6GarrathE vcard United Kingdom
7 Mar 2011 - 7:07 AM

Very docudrama! Great set of shots. The spider won't need to eat for weeks!

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Traceyflowerpots

A fantastic fina and capture Carol, this is wonderful.

My Sunday roast was yummy Thank you and I didnt forget my yorshire puddings Grin

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prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 7:16 AM

Just imagine the power of venom. A well documented set.

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84309 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 7:28 AM

I am always amazed at the strength of the tiny spiders! You've caught the event brilliantly.

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 7:30 AM

fantastic set of captures carol captures nature at it's most powerful v2 for me today a stunner Wink
andy

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VIKI
VIKI  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 7:41 AM

Very well taken Carol. Well done!!!!!!!!!

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DSV
DSV  7 Denmark
7 Mar 2011 - 7:43 AM

Amazing images, scary but captivating Wink

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 7:51 AM

Awesome !

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 8:07 AM

A great set of wildlife macros

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 8:21 AM

wonderfully captured !!

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gingerdelight

Nature can be cruel, however, as you say, the spider has to eat as well. Superbly captured images Carol, well done.
Carol

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7454 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1031 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 9:02 AM

It's the old thing, Nature red in tooth and claw, but quite amazing to see in close-up like this. Presumably the spider uses venom to immobilise its prey? Superb set.
Moira

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Alvar
Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 9:06 AM

Yes Carol awesome is a good word !!!!
Alvar

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 9:40 AM

What wonderful and amazing set of images Carol ,very well done,
saeidWink

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digital_boi
7 Mar 2011 - 10:42 AM

yes best not to interfere another great set recording the demise of the bee V1 for me today Grin

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
7 Mar 2011 - 10:43 AM

Super set of images Carol,
Fred.

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bfgstew
bfgstew  8668 forum posts England105 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 10:45 AM

Fantastic set Carol, wonderful natural series.

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
7 Mar 2011 - 11:39 AM

Brilliant set, Carol, perfectly captured by both you and the spider!
Tony

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samarmishra
7 Mar 2011 - 11:41 AM

This is really superb, very well spotted and captured. Excellent..

Samar..

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 11:50 AM

Superb wildlife photograpy Carol.
Joan.

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PattiW
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7 Mar 2011 - 12:12 PM

Four fantastic captures, Patti

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 12:16 PM

great timing simply glad I am not on the receiving end ie: the beeWink

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 12:20 PM

Four superb captures Carol. So detailed and somewhat sad.........Sandy

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franfoto
franfoto  7 England32 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 12:25 PM

Nature in the raw and so well documented here Carol, you and me both witnessed a kill as it happened, me with my crab spider and you with this one. Like you say, it is hard not to intervene but nature must take it's course and we, as photographers, must record the proceedings if we are lucky enough to be there at the time.

This is a splendid set of natural history shots recording the kill in detail and showing poison that comes in small packages has mighty big power over it's prey.

Fran

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  7222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 12:54 PM

Stunning shot,,,"DINNER" talk about working up an appetite.

Aidan,,

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
7 Mar 2011 - 12:55 PM

Awesome photography, great set Carol.

Len

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 1:03 PM

Oh Dear and me about to have my lunch! Carol you are a 'master' at these and todays is no exception..stunning and well deserving of the UA
Lillian

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 1:32 PM

outstanding series Carol and congrats on your UA.
regards
Yung

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8799 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1613 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 2:06 PM

You captured this event beautifully. I imagine you wandering around your garden all day with camera in hand, to get an opportunity like this! V2 is my favourite, great composition and clarity.

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Val Prowse
Val Prowse e2 Member 11Val Prowse vcard England
7 Mar 2011 - 2:10 PM

Well nature is nature but I can't help feeling sad! A fantastic set of images Carol.

Val

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VidB
VidB  5 United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 3:35 PM

Good well detailed set of images, well captured
Dave

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achieverswales

Hi Carol
Will not pick one all winners!

Regards

Trev.

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 632 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 4:07 PM

Quite a gruesome set Carol, I too have witnessed this sort of thing in our garden, so well done in all respects,
Geoff.

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nigele1
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7 Mar 2011 - 4:11 PM

A wonderful, if somewhat grisly sequence. We need to tell spiders to lay off honey bees.

Nigel

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 4:41 PM

Amazing images, whilst I've been away, Carol Smile Please excuse brief or lack of comments - loads to catch up on since back from holiday! I have viewed all I missed, though…
Trev Smile

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Mynett
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7 Mar 2011 - 5:01 PM

excellent series of this gruesome end..... very nice detail

Linda

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Gemma9
Gemma9  5 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2011 - 5:15 PM

Great set of images.
Gemma

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7 Mar 2011 - 5:26 PM

Wonderful captures.
Rob

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jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 5:31 PM

Have to agree, nature does what it does.
Don't we?
jon

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goso
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7 Mar 2011 - 5:41 PM

The survival of the fittest caught well Carol - nature in action - top shots...Bill

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10474 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 5:46 PM

Four outstanding images Carol. As I have said before...You are so good at these shots.

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viscostatic
7 Mar 2011 - 5:57 PM

An excellent series Carol.

Phil.

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7 Mar 2011 - 7:20 PM

YES!

Rock

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
7 Mar 2011 - 9:36 PM

So Carol, into 'snuff movies' now Tongue. Evil, vicious git of a spider! But seriously, nature is nature as you say, but can be so cruel. Top marks for holding back from intervening, don't know if I could have. Great series of shots. Moira

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2011 - 10:39 PM

'Gosh,...Carol,...I am going to protest Insect violence,' here. In v1, it looks, as if the Bee's body is truncated, or cut in half. Finely colored & detailed set of images of the 'reality of Nature.'
Ciao...Peter GrinWink

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NobbytheNobster

Brilliant capture Smile
That will keep the spider going for a while!
Nice one
Rick

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hary60
hary60  5 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2011 - 11:54 PM

Stunning set well done
Harry

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madbilly
madbilly  5 England4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2011 - 9:58 PM

Right spot at the right time and captured extremely well, pat on the back.

regards

Bill

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2011 - 3:57 PM

Wonderful nature photography, Carol. Well done indeed.
Terry

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