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Supper Time!
30-AUG-2006 Cliff. Johnston

Supper Time!

Stephenville, Texas

I've been watching this Green Lynx spider for the past several days and capturing images, none of which were anything to get excited about. Either the sun was behind her or the wind was too strong or it was raining. Late yesterday I went to check on her again and found that she had captured a bee for her supper. I had seen her with a fly 3 days earlier and captured some images then, but the sun was directly behind her. The images were washed out, to say the least. Interestingly, she doesn't appear to build a spider web. She hides among the althea flowers and catches her prey by stealth or as the books say, "Ambush". As the fly was reduced to a pale exoskeleton after several hours, I'm assuming that the spider injects her meal with her saliva which then partially digests the internal organs of her meal. She then sucks out the nutrients leaving the shell of the exoskeleton. Then it's onto the next meal...

Sigma SD10 ,Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO EX DG Macro HSM
1/200s f/22.0 at 210.0mm iso100 with Ring Flash; Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO EX DG Macro HSM with Sigma 1.4x Tele Converter. full exif

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