26-December-2006

Crab Spider Eating a Fly at Selby Gardens in Sarasota Florida.

I was walking down a trail at Selby Gardens when I saw this red crab spider eating a fly that got caught in the spider’s web. I had never seen a crab spider before. It was hard to get a sharp image since the web was moving in the wind. I used a ring flash to try to freeze the motion.

Crab Spider eating a Fly at Selby Gardens in Sarasota Florida. Image taken with an Nikon D300 and 105  mm  f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 200, f/11, 1/60 sec, ring flash). (David J Mathre)

Crab Spider eating a Fly at Selby Gardens in Sarasota Florida. Image taken with an Nikon D300 and 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 200, f/11, 1/60 sec, ring flash).