Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Still Hunter

The Common MormonPapilio polytes is a beautiful and frequent visitor to my garden. Unfortunately, it did not know the lurking danger among the plants.
The Signature Spider Argiope anasuja hangs head down in its web. The web has a zig zag cross woven from its white silk. The spider keeps pairs of its legs together to make itself look unlike a spider. It lurks among the leaves silently, and catches many flying insects in its web.
Although I am happy that the spider eliminates so many pests, I am not happy when she catches butterflies.
My thanks toSylvia, Klaus, Sandy, Wren and the Fishing Guy . You can see fabulous images from all over the world at My World.

14 comments:

  1. So many ups and downs in the circle of life. I guess we have to forgive the spider as it does such a good job catching those unwanted flies.

    After seeing this post today, you have helped me to identify a butterfly I photographed not long ago. It looks exactly like the one highlighted in your post today, so I think I can label it as a Black Mormon.

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  2. Oh dear! What a sad ending to the beautiful butterfly!

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  3. I'm sorry about the butterfly, too, but otherwise the spider seems to do a needed job! Terrific captures and a very interesting post as always! Hope your week is going well!

    Sylvia

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  4. that was so interesting thank you

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  5. I'm so sorry about the butterfly but that's life....anyway they butterfly do have short life span.

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  6. it does feel so sad to see butterflies being eaten by insects.....

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  7. Oh, everything is transient. It is amazing even in a garden there is a condensed example of the law of the jungle. I know the spider did its job, but still felt so sorry for the butterfly.
    Thank you for posting such a interesting story.
    Have a great day.

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  8. Interestig about the spider and the butterfly - one of mother nature's thrillers!

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  9. Wow, well caught -- both by the spider and your camera!

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  10. So much drama going on in your garden! You're like those adventure presenters on Natgeo!Good captures I must say!
    Rosie

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  11. Poor butterfly and what a pretty one too. Great photo series!

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  12. It is sad sometimes to watch nature but a reality. The beauty stands side by side with predators catching prey. Good post.

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  13. Wow! What shots...I know that is the way nature works, but man, I am no fan of spiders. Poor butterfly!

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  14. The circle of life in action. Sad and beautiful at the same time. Good timing!

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