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Macro Monday – Killer and victim – Bee vs Crab spider

It has not happened to me many times to shoot such scenes. Maybe two more times. That was the hardest to bear and to look at. I have not even noticed from the beginning what’s going on. I saw the bee with pollen bags and I came closer to take a picture. He tried to fly but failed. It seemed a little strange to me because I knew a bee could carry a weight equal to 3/4 of her weight and the bags did not look so heavy. I noticed the reason only after looking through the camera lens. The photo below shows a crab spider attacking a honeybee. This horrible creature, the Crab spider hiden on flower, has caught the bee with its front legs and injected it with venom that causes paralysis. I do not know why, but it was the most painful scene I’ve ever seen. Bee tried to defend but failed. I just hope she has managed to inject  the spider too,  because I noticed she had the needle removed.

 I’m sharing this post with Macro Monday Challenge

  • Did you know that spiders eat bees?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Can you see the spider in this photo?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you think the bee managed to escape?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you think the bee managed to inject venom into the spider?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Unfortunately the bee could not be saved

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by Ileana Calotescu

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  1. This is an impressive and emotional photos series because of your narrative. We can also be sad when watching videos of how lions hunt deer, or crocodiles prey on buffalo, or whatever… and it’s even sadder to see humans eat other humans in various ways.

      • That’s true … here she faces her natural predator and there, faces humans and chemicals …

        There are quite some bee nests in where my father used to work (a golf course) but then they were removed one by one due to complains … The bees hardly attacked anyone (except for once) but still they were removed

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