Winged ant and jumping spider
Sometimes it is worth taking a shot even when you don't know what it is.
The back yard has greened up and I was back scanning the foliage for wildlife this morning. I saw this winged ant in a curious pose, but wasn't sure what was going on. I took a few shots and moved along. When I dumped the memory card into the computer to look at the pics I was shocked to see this scene. The ant seems to be waving his arm at me asking for help as he is in the clutches of a jumping spider. The spider is literally the size of the head of a pin and I couldn't see it when I was shooting. I was experimenting with a ringflash on this shot, which is normally way too harsh and ugly for insect work, but is good for putting tons of light directly on a subject virtually inside the lens tube. In this case the ringflash provided dramatic highlights on the ant's black exoskeleton and the flash's reflection in the ant's eye gives it a kind of crazed panic look. The ringflash can also be seen in the spider's eyes and points in the direction of the spider's gaze.