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I was out with several people on a workshop at the weekend and a couple of them had got macro shots of this hover fly. I was surprised it was still on the flower by the time I'd fitted my macro lens but after taking a couple of shots it struck me that it was unnaturally still.

A couple of seconds later it just dropped off the flower, dead! Underneath lurked the reason, an ugly looking crab spider (Thomisidae). I have to say it's probably the ugliest spider I've seen. I was interested to learn they don't spin webs but lurk on plants and flowers waiting for unsuspecting victims to land.

Thanks for looking and for all the votes and comments Grin

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:2 Jun 2013 - 4:50 PM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Natural Selection!
Username:odiefoxydog odiefoxydog
Uploaded:6 Jun 2013 - 8:22 PM
Tags:Arachnid, Close-up / macro, Crab spider, Flowers & plants, Hover fly, Insect, Spider, Thomisidae, Wildlife / nature
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Voters:Eastlands · Alan_Baseley · morpheus1955 · darrenwilson41 · striker1998 · Ayoob ·
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