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An Emerald damselfly fell victim for a Cross spider.. Poor Emmy! He was quickly wrapped up in silk for a later snack.

f/4 – 1/125 – ISO 200 – 60

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16 responses

  1. I read your post as meaning this was an angry spider! (UK term: cross = angry, usually when talking to children) Looking at the earlier post I now realise that “cross spider ” must be its name from the pale cross mark on the body. Well I have certainly given myself something to laugh at today: me! 🙂

    I’m enjoying looking back at your earlier posts. You say you’re a learner but looking at your photos, maybe “quick learner” would be more accurate. Thanks for sharing.

    September 16, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    • Thanks a million, James! Indeed, I was referring to the name of the spider (I suppose it’s based on the pattern) and I’m fairly certain she was anything but cross when she made such a fine catch! 🙂

      September 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM

  2. A very detailed photograph of a spider! I myself have tried on many occasions to photograph the insect in all its full detailed glory but I have never been able to achieve a photograph like this one! Well done!

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    September 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    • Thank you! I’m actually afraid of spiders, but close up photography is helping me overcome that fear. Spiders are good objects because (most of the time) they don’t move that fast so they make good practice for beginners like myself. 🙂

      September 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      • That makes two of us so I can understand and relate to your insight! Photographing spiders can be challenging for even professionals however because you have to get exact focus on your subject and then formulate a good depth of field to boast the detail and pattern of your subjected Spider! So well done 🙂

        September 16, 2012 at 2:37 PM

        • Thank you so much (again)! I was a bit freaked out and fascinated at the same time, lucky I could hold the camera steady and focus on the spider and her prey!

          September 16, 2012 at 3:04 PM

  3. Therese

    Amazing picture!

    September 16, 2012 at 3:20 PM

  4. Great shot. I haven’t yet seen a spider catch a dragonfly or damselfly, only grasshoppers, a bee, and a cicada. I learned from researching spiders that they don’t actually eat their prey. Usually they immobilize them and inject then with saliva that contains enzymes. The enzymes help to liquify the insides and the spider essentially sucks out the insides. (Hopefully I have not made you even more afraid of spiders.)

    September 16, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    • Eeeeeew! Thanks Mike 😉 That’s… interesting to know! Actually, I read that the Cross spiders usually don’t wrap their prey, they wait until the end of the day and then consumes everything that’s stuck in the web plus the web itself. Then it makes a new web in the morning. Clever, eh? But I guess the damselfly was big enough to make the effort of wrapping.

      September 16, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      • I’ll have to check out the Cross spider. My experience is more with the Yellow Garden Orbweaver spider.

        September 16, 2012 at 10:39 PM

        • I’m impressed with all the different techniques they have. So efficient and clever! I need to get a zoom lens so I can photograph them without getting so close. 🙂

          September 17, 2012 at 6:03 AM

  5. Heart To Harp

    You captured quite a moment. Sounds like fascination is winning over fear with spiders. Great shot.

    September 17, 2012 at 2:30 AM

  6. superb!!

    September 17, 2012 at 3:00 PM

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