THE WEB OF LIFE
The top image is of an insect that has been caught by a spider and, still alive, partially wrapped for the spider’s future dining pleasure.
Below is a spider, this time not (as above) in the driver’s seat but playing host to the larva of a parasitic wasp, which is dining on the spider.
IMAGES are from Nikon Small World Competition | 2013
- Mark Sanders: University Imaging Centers, University of Minnesota, Specimen: Insect wrapped in spider web (85x)
Technique: Confocal, Autofluorescence, Image Stacking
- Geir Drange: Huldreveien, Borgen, Norway
Specimen: Pityohyphantes phrygianus (sheet weaver spider)
with a parasitic wasp larva on the abdomen (5x)
Technique: Reflected Light, Focus Stacking