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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Spider sucking the juice out of some beetle, when a tiny, but very swollen, fly decides to come over unannounced. When I took this series of shots last summer, I didn't even notice the fly until viewing the pictures later on a computer. In this shot, the fly climbed up the beetle and looked the spider in the eyes, then went on about his business. The fly walked all around the other two and eventually walked away. Probably because it was too fat to fly. ;o)
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Submitted: Tuesday, 4th December, 2012 22:07 (GMT)
Taken: Wednesday, 4th July, 2012
Focal length: 52.1 mm
Shutter speed: 1/250 sec
Aperture: F8
ISO: 200
Notes: Handheld. Used a Raynox DCR-250 lens on the camera.
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