Photo of the Week – November 23, 2011

A few years ago, I photographed this tiny grasshopper nymph on a black-eyed susan flower.  At the time of this photo, I don’t think the nymph was aware of the crab spider it was sharing the flower with…

This tiny grasshopper nymph seems unaware of the crab spider waiting in ambush on the other side of the flower.

Just a moment later, the spider turned slightly toward the nymph, and gave itself away.  The nymph lurched backward and then hopped away.  I just managed to capture the blur of the nymph’s initial lurch (below).

The spider showed its hand (legs) a little early and the nymph made its escape.

It’s a dangerous world out there.  A guy can’t even relax on a flower and enjoy the sunshine…

Enjoy your Thanksgiving this week.  (And remember to check behind the couch before you plop down after your big meal!)

About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. His main role is to evaluate and capture lessons from the Conservancy’s land management and restoration work and then share those lessons with other landowners – both private and public. In addition, Chris works to raise awareness about the importance of prairies and their conservation through his writing, photography, and presentations to various groups. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska with his wife Kim and their children.
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3 Responses to Photo of the Week – November 23, 2011

  1. Martha says:

    Great post and now I’ll have to check the couch before plopping.
    Happy couch checking to you, too!

  2. melissakoski says:

    Great photos. Experiencing these types of moments outdoors are my favorite!

  3. Myriad near misses such as this are “the stuff” of evolution. the one that got away was the one that went on to breed.


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