Brief Encounter

Challenge #23 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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In the world of small creatures, show us two or more insects and/or spiders, (or other small arthropod creatures) who encounter or confront each other. Perhaps they are just passing, or maybe eyeing off a potential mate OR their next meal. Please, for this challenge, NOT one devouring the other for lunch; NOR in the act of mating; that will be other challenges. They should be outside, on flowers, leaves, or trees, NOT under studio lights. Macro shots welcome. SIZE: 1,600px MAXIMUM ON LONGER SIDE.
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This brief encounter of two common creatures in the forest is just the start of a plot. Both the wasp on the left and the spider on the right are predators. The spider traps insects with its elaborate web while the wasp has a more sinister scheme. It paralyzes the spider with its sting then injects its offspring, wasp larvae, into the spider. The spider revives after the effect of the sedation goes away and continues to live normally for a while. That is until the larvae grow up and devour the spider from within or enslave the spider by an even more devious scheme http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/newly-discovered-wasp-species-enslaves-spiders.html.
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Submitted: Saturday, 1st December, 2012 03:28 (GMT)
Taken: Friday, 13th February, 2009
Focal length: 50 mm
Shutter speed: 1/40 sec
Aperture: F11
ISO: 200
Notes: Fill-in flash was used to augment the sunlight at noon.
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