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Making Soup From A Fly - Warning - Insect Gore
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Charlie, avert your eyes now! You've been warned.

I saw this fly fly into the web out of the corner of my eye, but before I could get my lens pointed at this cliché image, the spider had already wrapped up its dinner. Amazingly quick whey they need to be. I took a few shots as it rotated its victim to apply a few more layers of binding web. The venom spiders inject don't just "calm" their prey down. The myriad of enzymes the venom contains also digest the soft tissues so they can be slurped up, like soup. "Waiter! There is soup in my fly!"

This a is female marbled orb-weaver (possibly Araneus marmoreus) in action. The fly I could not identify, but it is safe to assume the fly was a good source of nutrition for the spider. In the last two frames, I believe the fangs are in the fly. Taken last summer, at a local park. There can be variation in the colour depending on region, with some being quite a bit brighter than this specimen.

1. You're Mine!





2. A Little Rotation





3. And Add A Pinch Of Venom





4. Soon, You'll Be A Drosophila Slurpie. Yum!






5. Bonus Spider: Not as cool as Birdie's web shot but, but still interesting (IMO). I love how the OOF web bits are like little bars of light. This slim spider might be about a centimetre long, whereas the female marbled is about 2.5 to 3 cm, with quite a large abdomen.






Thanks for having a look. Feel free to comment, shoot barbs, share your phobias, or in some other way create a verbal trail that indicates you stopped in for a visit.

Ken



Feb 08, 2014 at 05:54 AM
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I'm sure these are amazing, top notch and awesome...but as an arachnophobe they are the things of nightmares...a quick glance is all I could stomach...I'll stick to ripped out innards of antelopes and such...much more genteel
Eric



Feb 08, 2014 at 06:32 AM
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Very interesting, Ken. Well shot. The bokeh compliments the colorful spider. But, I still don't want one for a pet.
Rex



Feb 08, 2014 at 07:02 AM
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Super cool set Ken and fascinating to see... very well done.

Kirk



Feb 08, 2014 at 07:12 AM
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Well done and very cool Geoff. I tried throwing Japanese Beatles on a spiders web some years ago, but the spider moved way to fast, and all I got were some blurred images. I'm going to try it again, (when it warms up), using a flash ~ Ron


Feb 08, 2014 at 11:47 AM
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Very well done, Ken! I have not seen this behavior before, probably because I try to avoid spiders, whenever possible . Your presentation of the behavior is fantastic, so much so that I even scrolled back for a second look !


Feb 08, 2014 at 12:07 PM
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Excellent macro action Ken, these are suuuuupeeeerb

Tim



Feb 08, 2014 at 01:34 PM
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You clipped the leg in #4!!!! Bad!!
I love those first few shots. Great detail and all around fine image. I can never get my shots to look at all as good as these. This could be a sci-fi or alien post!
Thanks for these. Not something that usually gets posted here. Don



Feb 08, 2014 at 02:24 PM
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very nice Ken.. if he fell and hit the ground i wonder if he'd pop like a big zit


Feb 08, 2014 at 02:29 PM
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Fantastic macro work and not easily done Wonderful DOF .
Spiders and their webs make wonderful macro subjects as you certainly have shown here . Your shots make me wish for the return of spider webs and misty mornings

Birdie



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Great collection Ken

Ted



Feb 08, 2014 at 04:47 PM
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Fantastic Ken!!!!

BeeBalm



Feb 08, 2014 at 07:24 PM
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Great work Ken

Morris



Feb 08, 2014 at 09:26 PM
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eyelaser wrote:
I'm sure these are amazing, top notch and awesome...but as an arachnophobe they are the things of nightmares...a quick glance is all I could stomach...I'll stick to ripped out innards of antelopes and such...much more genteel
Eric


Yes, I can see how entrails being ripped out of a gazelle is much more appealing that a fly tucked away nicely into a soft, comforting bed. Thanks for commenting Eric, even if you didn't view!



Feb 09, 2014 at 04:39 PM
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surgemaster wrote:
Very interesting, Ken. Well shot. The bokeh compliments the colorful spider. But, I still don't want one for a pet.
Rex


Thanks for stopping in Rex. Very much appreciated.



Feb 09, 2014 at 04:39 PM
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Like the action and details Ken


Feb 09, 2014 at 04:47 PM
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KirkB wrote:
Super cool set Ken and fascinating to see... very well done.

Kirk


Many thanks Kirk. Glad you stopped in and commented.



Feb 09, 2014 at 06:03 PM
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surfnron wrote:
Well done and very cool Geoff (aka Ken). I tried throwing Japanese Beatles on a spiders web some years ago, but the spider moved way to fast, and all I got were some blurred images. I'm going to try it again, (when it warms up), using a flash ~ Ron


Hmm. You'll be raising the baiting question again. High speed video is what is required. That it something I'll think about when late summer rolls around again. Thanks for taking the time to view and comment.



Feb 09, 2014 at 06:08 PM
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mitesh wrote:
Very well done, Ken! I have not seen this behavior before, probably because I try to avoid spiders, whenever possible . Your presentation of the behavior is fantastic, so much so that I even scrolled back for a second look !


Happy to help you with your spider fix Mitesh. Thanks for having a look and leaving a comment.



Feb 09, 2014 at 06:11 PM
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Tim Kuhn wrote:
Excellent macro action Ken, these are suuuuupeeeerb

Tim


Thank you kindly Tim. Very much appreciated.



Feb 09, 2014 at 06:11 PM
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