Peacock and Friend

By Alan_Baseley  
I couldn't believe it when the Peacock let the Spider walk on it's wings. It did it 2 or 3 times before the Peacock did a sort of mini flutter with it's wings and the Spider retreated before trying again when the Peacock settled.

Tags: Butterfly Spider Peacock Insect Close-up and macro Inachis io Wildlife and nature

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KarenFB Plus
13 5.3k 175 England
27 Apr 2014 7:42AM
It's amazing what we can see, when we stop to look!! Very well spotted and caught! (I hope the butterfly flew away in the end!)

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fentiger 18 920 24 England
27 Apr 2014 7:45AM
A fine opportunist capture ~ what happened next?

27 Apr 2014 7:45AM

Quote:............. (I hope the butterfly flew away in the end!)

It certainly did Karen.
27 Apr 2014 7:48AM

Quote:........ what happened next?


The Peacock flew away and fed on some nearby flowers and the Spider just disappeared into the vegetation Albert.
LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 101 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2014 7:50AM
An astonishing opportunity very well taken.
RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
27 Apr 2014 7:51AM
This must be a first, a spider clambering over the Peacock: glad the butterfly had the sense not to loiter too long.
Excellent detail and colours, Alan.
netta1234 7 382 2 Wales
27 Apr 2014 7:56AM
Glad she managed to fly away from him.
A great image.I often find that I do see many interesting things in the garden without having to go far and if I am short of time.
People that don't have a camera should slow down and look around more,as we seem to find more interesting things around us.Smile
JohnoP 14 2
27 Apr 2014 7:59AM
2 for 1 Alan! Well spotted! John
jaktis 16 84 Sweden
27 Apr 2014 8:27AM
Such an interesting thing to capture

CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
27 Apr 2014 9:07AM
What a wonderful spot and capture, Fred, something you see very rarely. Carol
27 Apr 2014 9:09AM
Excellent capture Alan,
mistere Plus
6 4 3 England
27 Apr 2014 9:22AM
How very strange, well spotted and captured Alan.

jadus 8 1.2k 3 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2014 9:30AM
So lucky Alan!

27 Apr 2014 9:31AM
Wow...amazing shot Alan - the spiders hitching a lift
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bobsblues 10 10 2 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2014 10:19AM
Superb shot Alan do you think it was going in for the kill ??
27 Apr 2014 11:11AM
a first indeed
Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
27 Apr 2014 12:36PM
The things one sees when looking closely at nature. Great opportunity and you got it. Superb image.
Mollycat Plus
6 21 2 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2014 1:30PM
Superb Alan, I would have hoped the Peacock was to big for the spider to take as a prey. Glad it flew off though.
ColleenA Plus
7 442 6 Australia
27 Apr 2014 1:35PM
How amazing..what a great thing to witness...well captured
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
27 Apr 2014 3:05PM
Beautiful Peacock (and companion) Alan.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
27 Apr 2014 5:33PM

Quote:Superb shot Alan do you think it was going in for the kill ??

Don't think so Rob. I think it perceived the Spider as an a irritation rather than a predator,

sparrowhawk Plus
11 277 2 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2014 6:28PM
never ever seen this before superb shot and how weird too
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
27 Apr 2014 6:35PM
This is an amazing and awesome image--- Peacock might soon be dinner tho!
27 Apr 2014 6:50PM
An outstanding image, Alan. Great detail and timing. The spider on the wing - is just unbelievable.

pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2099 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2014 8:52PM
A fascinating image, I've never seen anything like this before.
We probably all know about those awful crab spiders who lurk in flowers and await their prey, but I did some googling and although it says that a spider will eat a butterfly if it gets caught in its web, or threatens its young, butterflies are also listed on the things that spiders eat. This one looks a bit too small to be a threat to the butterfly, though.

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