The Spider and the Fly – Argiope and Peleteria

The gum weeds around a fossil display area at Dinosaur Provincial Park were a-hum with insects — bees, flies, wasps and butterflies. I spotted a Argiope spider in the middle of her web amoung the plants. I was amazed that she did not capture anything in the time I was there, considering the high bug traffic. I made this animated gif image to show just how close the potential prey were …

"Argiope and Peleteria. Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta"

(Argiope trifasciata and a tachinid fly, Peleteria sp.)

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  1. Cindy 27 August, 2011 at 1:10 PM #

    Very cool. I want to learn how to do that with the picture!

    • Adrian D. Thysse 27 August, 2011 at 1:49 PM #

      Hi Cindy! It is a gif animation, produced with the free program PhotoScape.

  2. mike585 30 August, 2011 at 1:33 AM #

    Very nice image, if you don’t mind spider. Would look nice in a frame: on an office wall. perhaps.

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