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Old 06-17-2011, 05:05 PM   #41
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Well I know that animate objects are preferred over inanimate in the photo contest, I still like my milkweed bloom (even though I'm a sucker for frogs!)
A beautiful photo - can't wait for my milkweed to bloom...
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Old 06-18-2011, 12:59 PM   #42
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This is a photo of an Eastern Bluebird I captured just 4 days ago. It took me hiding out in the icy pool for 30+ minutes with my arms raised and head lowered, but I was finally able to get some decent shots.
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This is the same Bluebird from my last photograph. If you've ever tried to photograph a bird in flight you'll know that shots like this are very special.
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Old 06-18-2011, 01:49 PM   #44
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This is the same Bluebird from my last photograph. If you've ever tried to photograph a bird in flight you'll know that shots like this are very special.
A couple of beautiful shots, maniac. Of course, you had a stunningly beautiful subject to film. I'm always freshly impressed with the beauty of those birds - and you capture him nicely!
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Old 06-18-2011, 02:34 PM   #45
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Welcome.....jumpingmaniac
I can't believe you submerged yourself in an icy pool to take those.... Well worth it when you see the results.
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Old 06-18-2011, 05:43 PM   #46
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The spider gave the caterpillar just a taste and then moved on. I found these guys on a milkweed plant last weekend.
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Welcome to WildlifeGardeners, jumpingmaniac!

Great photos! I'm having a hard time deciding which one I like best, but, I must say the one in flight is rather stunning--great, unusual position of the wings.

It sounds like you were quite dedicated in getting those pictures...well worth it, I'm sure.
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The spider gave the caterpillar just a taste and then moved on. I found these guys on a milkweed plant last weekend.
Amazing photo, oxeyed!

Interesting that it only tasted it. I'm assuming the caterpillar was left relatively unharmed by the encounter?
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The spider gave the caterpillar just a taste and then moved on. I found these guys on a milkweed plant last weekend.
The caterpillar appears to be Cycnia inopinatus, a tiger moth (Lepidoptera: Erebidae; subfamily Arctiinae) with the rather common odd name of the unexpected cycnia. They feed exclusively on milkweed, especially arid land species. See http://mailsage.aristotle.net/images/131/cycnia.jpg for an image and http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/wildlife/tes...Inopinatus.pdf for a very detailed report.

I am less certain on the crab spider, as I cannot see its dorsum, and there are members of at least three genera that can have a similar appearance. It likely was ‘put off’ by the caterpillar’s spiky armature...
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All great photos but I especially love the spider and the caterpillar. Great capture, oxeyed.
I just returned from 3 days camping in NH. It's just possible that you'll soon see some of the 600 pictures I took while up there.
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