Spider & Aphid…!

In one of the foothill valleys of Mt. Sahand, I had a wonderful chance to shoot an interesting moment. The heros of our story are Mr. Bad Spider and the tiny clever Aphid… 😀

There was an old cut off tree trunk in the valley, full of wood-bugs and Aphids (also known as plant lice, are small plant-feeding insects, members of the superfamily Aphidoidea) on/in it, and nearly about as many as 50 spiders had also invaded the old chump of this tree to serve themselves a meal out of these wood-bugs & aphids. I was busy shooting close-up macro photos of these spiders when I was lucky enough to witness this scene & shoot it on the right instance (aphids & wood-bugs were so small & it was hard to focus on them & shoot, since there was a chase’n run going on between spiders & them)…

…overwhelmed by the fear & knowing not what to do & how to escape the spider invasion, a tiny Aphid was wandering on the tree, when a spider saw & headed towards it. The spider was the size of a monster in comparison to this tiny creature. The aphid was clever enough to immediately hide from this giant hunter, inside a tiny crack of the tree skin.

After a while, when the spider couldn’t find a trace of its tiny prey, it headed back to search for another one & While the spider was receding back, our tiny green friend came out of its hiding place & gave this impressing look to the spider as it was going farther, maybe thinking about the close-call & threatening experience of its recent moment, and at the same time feeling a mixture of luck, happiness and fear in itself…” 😉 😀

I didn’t even know that I’d pressed the shutter on that moment, but afterwards when reviewing my photos, when I saw this closeup view of the story I somehow felt wierd 😀 it was like, u know that I was the same size of the aphid & had lived those moments myself… 😀

2008 Photoblog Awards

Close Encounter of the Third Kind…?!!

Close Encounter of the Third Kind…? 😯 or which kind…? 😉

Well… I don’t know… u decide… 😀

Anyway… this shot is one of the many hard to capture and rare occasions in my photography… where, as u can see a Buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia species, commonly names Buckeye butterfly because of the distinctive bold pattern of eyespots and white bars on the upper wing surface in much of its range) meets a Hoverfly (Flies in the Syrphidae family of the Diptera superfamily are commonly known as hoverflies, flower flies, or Syrphid flies) on air 😀 due to the heavy air traffic !? 😉 or maybe just because the Hoverfly awaits his turn in the queue to get his grab of sweet flower juice…? 🙄 oh I’m way too tired to guess the rest & other possibilities… 😛

2008 Photoblog Awards