Photo of the Week – June 27, 2013

The wind finally let up enough to do some close-up photography last weekend, so I went to a small prairie here in town and wandered a bit.  Among numerous curiosities was the abundance of a tiny iridescent fly.  I had to try quite a few times to get a decent photo of one.  (They kept flying away!)

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A tiny fly on milkweed – Lincoln Creek Prairie, Aurora, Nebraska.

Not long after I got the above photo, I was ready to call it a day, and started walking back to the truck. I was hot and tired, but was drawn to a particular patch of milkweed.  As I closed in, a small movement caught my eye.  It was another of the shiny little flies.  But in a bit of beautiful symmetry, it was being eaten by a shiny little spider!

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A tiny jumping spider with a tiny fly.

4 thoughts on “Photo of the Week – June 27, 2013

  1. patti holmlund June 27, 2013 / 1:27 pm

    Thank you for posting pics of our micro world! They are amazing!

  2. John P. Morgan June 27, 2013 / 5:05 pm

    Great shots Chris!! We often overlook the small critters in the prairie. There is a whole amazing world there we know little about. Thanx for reminding us!! John Morgan, Argyle Canada

  3. troymullens June 27, 2013 / 5:21 pm

    longlegged fly – Condylostylus. They are HARD to photograph…

  4. Rex June 27, 2013 / 10:41 pm

    No web. Just how fast is that little spider?

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