Spider catches crane fly
Being interested in catching insects and flowers in front of the macro lens since I started dabbling in recreational photography, find that at times am more keenly observing them compared to before.
Had spotted a spider making its web near the window, quite an intricate process which was fascinating to see.
Hoping to catch that spider in front of the camera one morning, saw a crane fly getting caught in the web, and was able to snap several shots of the spider making quick work of its helplessly entangled prey.
The above photo shows the crane fly stuck on the web before the spider struck.
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It was incredible to see how fast the spider wrapped the crane fly up in spider silk, felt like the whole process took no more than twenty seconds or so.
The speed at which the spider descended from its hiding place to the middle of the web was even more staggering.
Lighting was sufficient as the late morning sun stood at a good angle, making the web clearly visible.
Even with decent lighting, opted not to stop down to f/11 as the slower shutter speed would have caused too much motion blur for the spider. Even at 1/100 shutter speed, the spider often moved too fast for the camera to follow.
Although not to the same degree as a safari or other wild animal documentary, the National Geographic feeling isn’t that far away!