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Monday, December 14, 2009

Three for the price of one

What luck. :) AT the top is some kind of fly, in the centre a tiny spider and at the bottom, mating beetles. The flowers themselves are very small, maybe an inch in length which will give you an indication to the size of the insects. :)
The little spider looked more like a crab to me. :)

24 comments:

Sreddy Yen said...

Hi Joan! Lovely capture! Is the fly dead? It looks as if it's lying on its back. Wow, what a small spider - it does look like a crab!

Good luck with your buggie guide. I want an autographed one when you've finished. LOL! Enjoy this gloomy weather too - it is perfect for eating!

Tony nile life said...

I hope you have clicked the usutable for children box.
what a good shot, the guy on the top flower must be playing possum and rolling with laughter at the performance,
then you got the other guy thinking its nearly dinner time,
any one of them three will do.

troutbirder said...

It's a small world out there.

Leeloo said...

What a cute little spider! It does look like a crab, hehe.

Craver Vii said...

Mating beetles?? Get a room, you two!

Gaelyn said...

So much going on in this beautiful world, big and small. Nice capture getting 3 for 1.

Will email soon with news.

Diane AZ said...

As we ease into winter weather here, it's nice to see the activities of the little creatures in your warmer climate. Cute stripes on the spider's legs. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hi Sreddy. No the fly is not dead. LOL!! You make me feel like a famous person. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello Tony. It is that circle of life isn't it? Or maybe 'eat or be eaten':)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

It sure is TB. :)I used to think it was a 'dog eat dog' world now I discover it is actually a 'bug eat bug' world instead.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks leeloo. Kind of cute for a spider. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hey Craver, you are too young to look at pictures like that. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Gaelyn. An waiting for the e-mail. :) I can take a guess as to the subject matter and if I am right, I know how you feel. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello Diane. I hope my pictures bring you a ray of sunshine this winter.

Firefly said...

I'm very impressed that you picked all of that up and got the pics to show. On the other hand, it doesn't surprice me that you did. And yes, it does look ike a mini-crab.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Those are very kind words Jonker and I thank you for them. You would see the same things I do if you train your eyes to pick things like this up.

SABlogger said...

Hi Joan, Is that a fly trap flower on the top! LOL!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello Lawrence. It does look like one but this is not the natural habitat for them, though ehe flies do love them. LOL!

Becky and Gary said...

Wow joan, these are tiny beings. That insect on top looks dead. At least it's legs are up? ?
Cute little spider too.
B.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello Becky. Yes they were all so small it was easy to get them all in the one pic. The top one was actually hanging onto the flower. :)

Ted C. MacRae said...

The "fly" is also a beetle - same species as the mating pair, which are jewel beetles (family Buprestidae) in the genus Anthaxia. There are a great many species in this genus, most of which are quite fond of small, round flowers.
regards--ted

ramblingwoods.com said...

Joan...I am noticing that many, many of your post are still showing up in your feed. I use a backup utility that grabs the posts and saves them. I think that you could restore a ton of your posts with this utility. Or contact me and I will see if I can do it....Michelle

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! Thanks once again Ted. Trust me to get it wrong. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

That would be great Michelle. Just let me know how to get to it please.