Spider

My favorite macro pictures from 2007 taken in Northern Norway part 2

When I made the first post with my favorite pictures from 2007 I realized that I had more faves than I could fit into one post. So here is the next batch of my favorite macro photos taken in Northern Norway 2007.
Click on the pictures to see a larger version and if you click on the individual links you can read more about each picture.

Macro photo of ant dragging a spider
If you look closely you can see the ant is dragging a spider.

Macro photo of Ichneumon wasp
This freaky creature is a sort of Ichneumon wasp that lay eggs into other insects. Their larvae live as a parasite of other insects.

Close up photo of a water drop against yellow lichen with reflection of me, the sun and a mountain
If you look at the picture large you can see the reflection of me, the sun and a big mountain.


Picture of a bumblebee
Bumblebees are beautiful and fascinating. Check out this post for more bumblebee pictures.

Macro picture of a sawfly with blue eyes
Loved the blue eyes on this sawfly.

Macro photo of Wolf spider on birch bark

Macro photo of Wolf spider on birch bark
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera April 19th 2007. Click image for larger view.

In this macro photo you can see a wolf spider (Lycosidae). The wolf spiders got their name from the way they hunt as they run down their prey much like wolves do.

It is usually very hard to get close to wolf spiders to get a picture, but this photo was taken back in April when there was still patches of snow here in northern Norway. This spider was warming itself in the sun and didn’t care about me coming very close with my camera.
Please at the picture in large size to get a view of all the details of the wolf spider.

I don’t have many pictures of spiders, but I have one of an ant dragging a spider. Check it out if you are interested in insect photography.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 35 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in northern Norway

Macro photo of ant dragging a spider

Macro photo of ant dragging a spider
Taken 6th May, 2007. Click image for larger view.

As I have said before, macro photography is so much fun and a real challenge when you try to capture moving insects.
I believe the ant is some kind of wood ant (Formica rufa), but I have no idea what species the spider is.

I bet some of my readers have the knowledge. Feel free to write a comment with the information about species as I always love to learn new stuff about the nature.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital single-lens reflex camera
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 35 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
Location: Laupstad, Andørja (Ibestad, Troms) in northern Norway