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Old Oct 25, 2009, 9:55 PM   #1
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My wife went plant shopping and brought home some fall bloomers - among then another milkweed, which we needed because our Monarch caterpillars have stripped all our others of leaves. Along with it came a nasty - a White-banded Crab Spider which we will have to move elsewhere lest it develop an appetite for Monarch caterpillars. Anyway, after unsuccessfully stalking a Monarch butterfly, it ensconced itself in a group of milkweed flowers, waiting. It's first victim was a bee. Another of life's little dramas. K20D with Tamron 70-300 LD Macro.

1 The ambush

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Old Oct 25, 2009, 10:48 PM   #2
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Very cool. Nicely captured. A very cool looking and behaving predator to be sure.
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Old Oct 26, 2009, 6:45 PM   #3
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Absolutely awesome series! Fantastic!

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You were very fortunate to have witnessed and recorded this event so well. Sorry for the bee, but this is nature's way..

Great capture. Very nice lens, that Tamron...

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Thanks, guys.

Robert, that lens isn't perfect, as there sometimes can be some purple fringing in high contrast situations at the long end, but it is great in the macro mode and is a favorite of mine. IMO probably the best bang-for-the-buck lens around. I don't know how long the current version (mine is older) will continue to be available - there is only one seller for some mounts on ebay any more (Cameta).
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sweet shots.........the white spider amongst the color is wonderful.
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sweet shots.........the white spider amongst the color is wonderful.
Thanks, Mandy. Wonderful to us, but not to the bee!
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