Monday, October 12, 2015

Crab Spider

This morning was beautiful and Jenna and I first went to Gooseberry where we did some birding and photography.  More about that in the next blog.

After that we went over to Allens pond and first decided to see what we could find around the butterfly garden.  There was a number of butterflies including monarchs, flitting around and feeding on the various flowers.  On the daisies, it looked like there was honeybees, but on closer inspection turned out to be a bee mimic fly.  I took some macro photographs and then I found a crab spider sitting on one of the flowers.
Bee Mimic Fly

Crab Spider

Crab spiders are interesting in that they do not spin a web to capture food but rely on speed and there front legs to capture insects to feed on.  And other fact is that they will gradually over time, change the color to the flower that they are on so that they can hide better from their prey.

I set up my camera to do a video of the crab spider, hoping that it would catch a fly.  Initially there were ants on the flower and even on the spider but the spider ignored them.  I filmed the spider for about 20 minutes and though it tried to capture some of the flies that landed on the flower.  It lucked out and did not capture any, or maybe the flies lucked out.  I must say I was very happy with the video and I am only going to show a small segment of it.  But despite the wind blowing and moving the flower.  The video, on my Nikon D810, kept the spider in focus.

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