Insects & Spiders

Bee at Harlow Carr

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This encouragingly chubby bumble bee was feasting on the pollen at the RHS gardens, Harlow Carr, Harrogate.

Canon G3x ISO400 1/500 at f/8 600mm equiv; cropped in LR

Stag Beetle

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A stag beetle reaching a personal goal – the ascent of the terrace steps at Le Gupole.

Canon G3X ISO125 1/25 at f.4.5

Camouflage

Male WDC spider

This male White Death Crab Spider (far smaller than the female – check the image of two days ago) is a master of camouflage. Look how close the colour of the  legs and cephalothorax are to the lavender stalks. He was considerably smaller too than the bees buzzing around the lavender, but he had every intention of lunching on one.

Canon EOS 100D with Canon 70-200mm F4 L IS lens with Canon 25mm tube ISO400 1/640 at f/8

Swallowtail butterfly

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An enthusiastic Swallowtail enjoying the lavender.

Canon EOS 100D with Canon 70-200mm f/4 lens and Canon 25mm tube ISO400 1/100 at f/11

Crab spider playing with her food

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Another shot of a White Death Crab Spider showing great dexterity in juggling her lunch

Canon EOS 100D with Canon 70-200mm f/4 lens and Canon 25mm tube ISO400 1/100 at f/8

Packed lunch

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All wrapped up and ready to roll. This spider has his day’s food all sorted.

Canon EOS100D with Canon 70-200mm F/4 L IS lens with Canon 25mm tube. ISO800 1/125 at f/8

Nosebag time

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A bee gorging itself on lavender.

Canon EOS100D with Canon 70-200mm EF L IS zoom lens and Canon 25mm tube ISO200 1/500 at f/8

Lunch

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The patience of the female White Death Crab Spider (Misumena vatia) lurking on our lavender paid off at last with the arrival of this unfortunate bee.

Canon EOS100D with Canon 70-200mm f/4 L IS lens and Canon 25mm tube. ISO200 1/125 at f/8

Buddleia fest

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Yesterday’s post showed a crab spider thinking he was hiding on a buddleia bloom. At the same time, farther along the same bloom, this bee-fly was feeding away merrily, oblivious of the nearby danger.

Canon Gx3 at 220mm (600mm equiv) ISO640 1/400 at f.5.6

Crab spider

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This crab spider  wouldn’t win too many prizes for camouflage, but he sat patiently waiting all day on this buddleia blossom for an unsuspecting bee/butterfly/moth to come within striking range.

Canon G3X  at 220mm (600mm equiv) ISO640 1/160 at f/5.6