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The Last Supper

By dandeakin
I was out trying to shoot damselfly portraits. I hadn't seen this damselfly until I disturbed him and he flew straight into a spiders web. I had a split second to decide if I should save him.
The spider ran down his web and attacked the thrashing damselfly (when this was taken). He was dead within 60 seconds. The spider then dragged him up the web to the undersurface of a dried flower that the web was built from. Hidden from view he then went to work on his prey.
I felt a bit bad, but there were several other webs with the remains of damsels in them.

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Norfolkboy 10 1 4 England
29 Jul 2012 5:31PM
Great trials of life macro.

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Chinga Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2012 5:41PM
Nature at best... Great capture! IB
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2012 5:44PM
A great image depicting the story of survival of the fittest...

Regards Nathan
29 Jul 2012 6:09PM
nice crisp image, well spotted and well taken...Alan
mrswoolybill Plus
9 949 1479 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2012 6:57PM
Nature red in tooth and claw. Even when the teeth are minute. Brilliant Photo journalism.
7 9 10 England
29 Jul 2012 8:26PM
Great capture but nature is not always pretty.
dandeakin 8 209 3 England
29 Jul 2012 8:42PM
cheers, i've never seen anything quite like it.

I wasn't sure if the damsel would escape at first.

I was totally unprepared equipment wise, the web was about a meter away when the damsel hit it. I would have set the camera/lens/tripod up differently if it happened again.

Hadn't thought of it as photojournalism, but I guess it is in a way....
mrswoolybill Plus
9 949 1479 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2012 10:07PM

Quote:Hadn't thought of it as photojournalism, but I guess it is in a way....
It's macro war photography.

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