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I was pottering around the house (last one) and saw this Huntsman Spider limping along the ground.

Limping because some legs were missing and it couldn’t run as Huntsmen do so well.

Limping out into open space when ordinarily it would be in the opposite direction, under cover.

So, thinking it might be confused (for some reason), I gave it a nudge towards the undergrowth.

But it wasn’t having it, kept on heading out into open space and nothing I could do about it.

Then the black wasp with yellow antennae showed up and attacked the spider with a will.

It had already been working on it, spider confused by venom but not yet subdued.

So she, the wasp, stung the spider again, and again, and proceeded to dismember it.

To carry it away to her nest at the edge of the garden, to feed her young.

What they do, we do … our existential nature.

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Spider already debilitated but job not done yet. Wasp resumes work on dismembering spider.






Powerful and efficient butcher, the wasp takes no chances and makes no mistakes.






Resumes her butchery in a forceful manner, expressive of her no-nonsense ways.






She inspects spider to maintain methodology, removing those long and – could be – deadly legs.






Using her wings now to increase traction on the object of her desire. Time is of the essence.






Spiders legs can often regrow, but not this time … Severing another leg to make flying easier.






Change of position, having a go at the deadly mandibles, which may still be a threat – if only to her young.






Job almost done, package nearly ready, she prepares to carry spider away to her home in the BBB’s nest.






Spider legs strewn about. Package almost ready to fly. One last go at those venom packed mandibles.






Life goes on ...



Jan 20, 2022 at 03:53 AM
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Mark,

An outstanding set!

Harold



Jan 20, 2022 at 06:19 AM
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e6filmuser wrote:
Mark,

An outstanding set!

Harold


Thanks Harold, appreciated.



Jan 21, 2022 at 05:24 AM
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Great looking set Mark

Morris



Jan 21, 2022 at 12:42 PM
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Amazing stuff!


Jan 21, 2022 at 03:58 PM
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Well done, we don't usually think about the small predators!

Bob



Jan 21, 2022 at 04:06 PM
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Amazing !

Birdie



Jan 21, 2022 at 04:08 PM
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Great series of shots!! TFS
Jon



Jan 21, 2022 at 04:57 PM
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Wonderful sequence.

Brian V.



Jan 22, 2022 at 12:53 AM
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Wow that is a brutal way to go. Thank you for sharing and love the perspective!


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Amazing and a great sequence, well done

Chris S.



Jan 24, 2022 at 02:18 AM
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morris wrote:
Great looking set Mark

Morris


Thanks Morris, appreciated.

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YEG-Photog wrote:
Amazing stuff!


Thanks Y..., appreciated.

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Bobg657 wrote:
Well done, we don't usually think about the small predators!

Bob


Thanks Bob, appreciated.

No we don't, and our lives actually depend on them.

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birdied wrote:
Amazing !

Birdie


Thanks Birdie, appreciated.

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JAM11 wrote:
Great series of shots!! TFS
Jon


Thanks Jon, appreciated.

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LordV wrote:
Wonderful sequence.

Brian V.


Thanks Brian, appreciated.

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Shogoxxi wrote:
Wow that is a brutal way to go. Thank you for sharing and love the perspective!


Thanks S..., appreciated.

Yes, we make horror movies about it.

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csinseattle wrote:
Amazing and a great sequence, well done

Chris S.


Thanks Chris, appreciated.




Jan 24, 2022 at 07:51 AM
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What camera and lens were you using? Excellent photos!


Mar 24, 2022 at 01:24 PM
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Surgtech wrote:
What camera and lens were you using? Excellent photos!


Thanks S...

Search 'snoot' on this page - https://beingmark.com/macro-illustrated/ - will give you an idea of what and how i use it.

I have a couple posts in a thread above - https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/780820 - might give you another take on the gear and practise.



Mar 25, 2022 at 02:05 AM
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Outstanding set. I admit to being a little queasy, not used to this much detail this well captured, and the stills allow much closer study than a video. The well done narrative contributes to that as well.

Took a look at your setup at your site, I love it!! Speaks to your skill and creativity, and again hits me over the head in that I need to improve me a lot more than my gear .



Mar 25, 2022 at 08:37 AM
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Wow! Just WOW!!! Excellent set!


Mar 25, 2022 at 08:41 AM
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This is fascinating behavior and you captured it perfectly !
gary



Mar 25, 2022 at 02:39 PM
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sum1sgrampa wrote:
This is fascinating behavior and you captured it perfectly !
gary


Thanks Gary, much appreciated.

It can be fascinating to watch nature in action, often finding a reflection of human nature in the process.



Mar 25, 2022 at 11:08 PM
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AZHeaven wrote:
Wow! Just WOW!!! Excellent set!


Ha ha ... Thanks AZ... Appreciated.



Mar 25, 2022 at 11:09 PM
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pbraymond wrote:
Outstanding set. I admit to being a little queasy, not used to this much detail this well captured, and the stills allow much closer study than a video. The well done narrative contributes to that as well.

Took a look at your setup at your site, I love it!! Speaks to your skill and creativity, and again hits me over the head in that I need to improve me a lot more than my gear .


Thanks PB... Much appreciated. And thanks for comments on my site.

Glad you liked the story too. I think it adds a useful dimension - to draw the reader/viewer into the amazing world at our feet.

Re the gear, depends on what you're shooting, doesn't it. But whatever you're shooting with, if the light isn't right you're f*****. It's something of an expedition sifting the gold from the muck re what works best but for what I do it's all in this page - http://www.beingmark.com/macro-illustrated/ - more or less.

All the best. M



Mar 25, 2022 at 11:18 PM
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