Spider in the grass

This amazing photo, by Cambridge biological sciences professor John H. Brackenbury, is a highly-commended runner up in the British Wildlife Photography Awards.

Via Alex Wild, who thinks Brackenbury was robbed of first place. Can't say I disagree.

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  1. The first place and second place winners don’t have nearly the range of emotional depth that the spider picture has.  Clearly the judges are smokin dope.

  2. Araneus quadratus for the win! I mean for the Honorable Mention!
     
    I agree, this should have won first place. I’m a big fan of the orb weavers in general.

    1. HOLY MOTHER OF GOD THERE ARE FLYING SCORPIONS

      Would you accept a solfugid? They eat scorpions. They even chase down small birds and eat them.

      1. That’s pretty creepy looking, and a spider that preys on birds is formidable, but a winged scorpion… that belongs in the jungles of Barsoom, not the meadows of Britain!

        I’m assuming it’s not really related to a scorpion, but rather is a wasp with morphological similarity in the stinger… I hope.

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