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Charlie Shugart wrote:
Add my kudos to the others.
This is a marvelous set of images that- together with your excellent narration, tells an interesting and educational story. The kind of story that might happen hundreds of times a day in nature, but never be seen by most of us- ever- much less photographing it so well.
I was a teacher at Palomar School Camp (near San Diego) many years ago, and we had a small pond 200 feet from the cabins. One of our study activities was to take small groups of our week-long 6th-grade visitors down to study pond life. Among the...Show more →
Many thanks for the many words Charlie. I really appreciate the positive feedback, and your story. Interesting reading. I know about the larvae. They will eat anything that comes close enough to grab. Small fish included. This spider did not hesitate to pounce as soon as the dragon hit the net (drag-on net, sounds like a show title form the 60's). They seem to have a knack for hitting the soft spot right away. A little injection, then maybe back off for a bit, then head in for more fang work. I think they base some decisions based on how active and how strong the captive is (sensed via vibrations I'm sure). It is neat to watch the behaviour of these big spiders. I enjoy heading out each summer to get a few shots.