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!)

fly

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!

spider

A tiny jumping spider with a tiny fly.

Advertisements

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.
This entry was posted in Prairie Insects, Prairie Natural History, Prairie Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Photo of the Week – June 27, 2013

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

  2. 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 says:

    longlegged fly – Condylostylus. They are HARD to photograph…

  4. Rex says:

    No web. Just how fast is that little spider?

PLEASE COMMENT ON THIS POST!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s