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    Default A sneaky hunter

    ID: Nursery web spider with beetle catch?

    While on a look out for one of the most elusive specimen along the trail, we decided to try venturing off the usual trail, just to try our luck. Unfortunately though the elusivity remained, but stumbled upon this interesting sight. What seemed to be a pair of beetle, either pre or post the mating, a spider, which was residing under the same leaf, popped though the holes in the leaf, probably done by the same beetles(my assumption) and had trapped one of them. Though the predator had entangled the prey, it still kept on probing the prey with its front pedipalps, but it never emerged out of the hole and kept itself enclosed and protected, due to this couldn’t get a clear shot of the predator, making it difficult to identify the species

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    Canon 80D
    Canon 100mm macro + Raynox
    F/18
    Shutterspeed 1/200
    ISO 320
    Handheld, External flash fired

    Location: Nagla trail
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    It seems the spider had its web cast and was waiting for prey under the leaf. The beetle unknowingly got caught in it, and then the spider came out to get its prey. Loved the details and the eye contact on the beetle. The spider remains a mystery, but I liked the framing. Nicely captured. Thanks for sharing.

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