Brief Encounter (Nature)

Challenge #230 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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For this challenge, show us two or more insects and/or spiders, (or other small arthropods) who encounter or confront each other, perhaps just in passing, maybe eyeing off a potential mate OR hoping the other insect/spider will be their next meal. For this challenge, the insects or spiders should not be devouring each other, or mating.... just meeting, in their natural environment. Macro and close-ups welcome. SIZE: 1,600px MAXIMUM ON LONGER SIDE.
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Territorial Dispute on a Marsh Sow-thistle
by maybrit
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This shot shows the end of a territorial dispute between a Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) and Small Blue (Cupido minimus) on the flower. The Small blue was there first, but the fiery Small Copper won in 30 secs!
Submitted: Sunday, 4th December, 2016 21:52 (GMT)
Taken: Saturday, 27th August, 2016
Focal length: 250 mm
Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec
Aperture: F8
ISO: 1000
Notes: Cropping and minimal enhancements.
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