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p.1 #1 · The Dragon's Comeupance - Death by lethal injection


You may recall this image from a previous post (http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1272219/0?keyword=soup#12120234):

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I mentioned at that time that the tables would be turned. And a few of you thought the mosquito would suck up some steroids and take on its nemesis. Although that would be really cool to see, what I really meant was this...

I was walking through an overgrown meadow in a local park last summer seeking out some dragonfly images. Quite a large number of them were flying about, munching on mozzies. As I was poking about for a willing subject, I saw a meadowhawk fly away, stop suddenly, then flail away.

2. This saffron-winged meadowhawk became inexorably tangled in the web of a female marbled orb weaver. These ancient insects are strong flyers, but their delicate wings are no match for such a large web. The dorsal side of the meadowhawk is a bit tougher than the underbelly, and the spider chose the softer side for its attack.





3. Snap! There goes a wing. You can see the prey's wings are well bent, and one has broken. The dragon was still struggling but, the web is well build for withstanding some stress. This image provodes a good view of the spider going for the belly. The fangs are well into the abdomen.





4. A closer view of the biting action.





5. The Scream! The spider backed off a bit to let the venom do its thing. At this point, the meadowhawk was becoming pretty much inactive. The spider was at an angle to the lens, and not on the same plane as the dragon, so overall focus is not the best. I'm guessing the mouth of the meadowhawk opened that much in reaction to the poisons in the venom.






I sure hope you enjoyed, or at least found interest in, this post. Whether you did or did not, tell my why. Just don't scuttle off without leaving a comment.

Cheers!

Ken



Mar 01, 2014 at 06:53 PM
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Great clicking!


Mar 01, 2014 at 07:00 PM
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Cool story!


Mar 01, 2014 at 08:19 PM
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p.1 #4 · The Dragon's Comeupance - Death by lethal injection


Super documentary work Ken

Morris



Mar 01, 2014 at 08:43 PM
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p.1 #5 · The Dragon's Comeupance - Death by lethal injection


Fascinating post. Nice work.


Mar 01, 2014 at 08:45 PM
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p.1 #6 · The Dragon's Comeupance - Death by lethal injection


Great shots Ken and wonderful illustration how quickly the table can turn. One moment preadator the next prey. In your prior post, seeing the dragon eat a mosquito did not bother me . However seeing this dragon become prey pulls at me quite differently.

Birdie



Mar 01, 2014 at 08:46 PM
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p.1 #7 · The Dragon's Comeupance - Death by lethal injection


very nice Ken


Mar 01, 2014 at 09:37 PM
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p.1 #8 · The Dragon's Comeupance - Death by lethal injection


Nicely documented example of life (and death) in nature Ken.

Mike



Mar 01, 2014 at 09:51 PM
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p.1 #9 · The Dragon's Comeupance - Death by lethal injection


It's those damn spiders again! Very enjoyable and I wasn't the least bit threatened by this one. Nature, large and small is quite amazing! TFS
Eric



Mar 01, 2014 at 11:01 PM
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p.1 #10 · The Dragon's Comeupance - Death by lethal injection


A great behavioral sequence masterly illustrated
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p.1 #11 · The Dragon's Comeupance - Death by lethal injection


Hi Ken,
Wow an awesome set! Well done!
BeeBalm



Mar 02, 2014 at 12:01 AM
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Great action shots.
Saba



Mar 02, 2014 at 01:20 AM
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p.1 #13 · The Dragon's Comeupance - Death by lethal injection


I liked all of it !


Mar 02, 2014 at 01:28 AM
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p.1 #14 · The Dragon's Comeupance - Death by lethal injection


Great work Ken!


Mar 02, 2014 at 01:40 AM
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Sharp macros! Glad I'm not an insect.


Mar 02, 2014 at 01:48 AM
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Thank you for posting this natural drama, Ken. Well done. I had been waiting for this.
Rex



Mar 02, 2014 at 05:29 AM
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p.1 #17 · The Dragon's Comeupance - Death by lethal injection


Good post Ken, always good to be reminded that the predator often becomes something else's prey!

Paul.



Mar 02, 2014 at 10:26 AM
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p.1 #18 · The Dragon's Comeupance - Death by lethal injection


Excellent post Ken, these are marvelous!! I have seen dragonflies hunting and eating many times but I don't think I have seen the opposite. Not only is this very well documented it is expertly photographed. Kudos to you

Tim



Mar 02, 2014 at 01:46 PM
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p.1 #19 · The Dragon's Comeupance - Death by lethal injection


JimLittle wrote:
Great clicking!


Thanks Jim



Mar 02, 2014 at 07:25 PM
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shane8168 wrote:
Cool story!


Thank you Shane.



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