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The Kill

It is a wonderful experience to watch the game between a predator and the prey. Be it watching a tiger/cheetah go after deer (In National Geographic) or watching a cat go after squirrels at home, the thrill never subsides. In recent times, my macro lens has shown me the same phenomenon in the insect world as well.


I have been lucky to watch spiders go after the house fly during my trips to Coimbatore. The 'Hunting' pattern itself is brilliant to say the least. The 6-eyed jumping spider is a swift mover and keeps gliding in the ground around the flies. The flies (With their compound eyes) detect the presence of the spider and take-off before the spider could go for the kill. The predator-prey distribution (Couple of spiders compared to large number of flies) helps the spider in getting a kill after trying for some time. The spider glides around, seeks new flies once the fly it was after takes off and never gives up trying.


During this particular instance, I was not able to see the kill but was able to see the spider with the kill, ran inside to get my camera and clicked away a few shots. The spiders have excellent eye sight and they keep moving away the moment they realize that you have your lens trained on them. This is one shot in which the spider and the fly were in perfect focus.



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Taken on June 18, 2012