Don't bite off more than you can chew!

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© Susan Littlefield
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UploadedOctober 2, 2010
TakenSeptember 18, 2010
Exposure1/250 sec at f/6.3
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length60 mm


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Clarence the cat spider, who has lived in one of our hanging flower pots for the entire summer, wraps his meal to prepare it for consumption. I have no idea how he manages to hang by this thin thread of web while completing his task, but I've seen him do it time after time.

Thank you, Juanita, for the spotlight!!

58 responses

  • Patricia Shanahan

    Patricia Shanahan said (2 Oct 2010):

    So Cool !!!!

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (2 Oct 2010):

    Great capture ... both you and Clarence. Looks like he is set for the winter with that catch. It is amazing how much strength a single strand of web has.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (2 Oct 2010):

    Wow ! What a herculean effort Clarence is making to secure his meal(s)! Spider silk is supposed to be one of the strongest natural substances. Great capture, Susan!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt said (2 Oct 2010):

    That's for sure! Great find Susan!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (2 Oct 2010):

    Wow,,this is excellent..great entry

  • Deja Vu

    Deja Vu (Deleted) gave props (2 Oct 2010):

    Clarence?? The cat spider?? Ok........ Looks like he has quite the 'meowl' to chomp on!!!

  • Rey mos

    Rey mos gave props (2 Oct 2010):

    Interesting and very rare shot!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (2 Oct 2010):

    My vote for this great entry. Love it

  • Lesley S

    Lesley S gave props (2 Oct 2010):

    Looks like Clarence has quite an appetite!! Great capture - and great entry!

  • Mark Andrews

    Mark Andrews (Deleted) gave props (2 Oct 2010):

    yes, great work.. voted

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (2 Oct 2010):

    He must be the Atlas of the Spider world, carrying such a heavy food parcel.Susan this is outstanding!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (2 Oct 2010):

    This is so great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing shot and my vote!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (2 Oct 2010):

    awesome! must be a permanent tenant, and you even have a name for him! wonderful theme entry, Susan.

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (2 Oct 2010):

    My vote!!!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (2 Oct 2010):

    Wow! love the color and DOF!

  • Kevin Kabuki

    Kevin Kabuki said (3 Oct 2010):

    goddamn cat spiders! They're everywhere! I suspect they are the secret force behind the Tea Party.... and thus must be eliminated with extreme predjudice.

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (3 Oct 2010):

    Spider webbing is stronger than steel beleive or not!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (3 Oct 2010):

    That is truly amazing..maybe this is where the expression, "hanging on by a thread" comes from. Not only does Clarence hang there while he completes his task, he knows enough not to get so tangled up in his web that he can;t get free himself....You have my vote!

  • Robert Case

    Robert Case gave props (3 Oct 2010):

    The photos depth and blur is excellent and is a perfect background for this macro shot.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (3 Oct 2010):

    GOOD!!! Voted!!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (4 Oct 2010):

    Love the rush in or out

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (4 Oct 2010):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • sameer khanore

    sameer khanore gave props (4 Oct 2010):

    Rare Pic !!! My Vote

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (4 Oct 2010):

    I got a kick out of your naming the spider : ). This photo is great!!! I definitely voted yeah!

  • Jeff Weber

    Jeff Weber gave props (6 Oct 2010):

    They don't actually chew. They suck juices.

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (7 Oct 2010):

    Cool find! Got my vote.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (8 Oct 2010):

    Wow! What an incredible shot, Susan. Also impressed by Clarence's performance. Sure has my vote.

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (8 Oct 2010):

    Voted. Your photos are always awesome to behold.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) gave props (8 Oct 2010):

    An outstanding image! Very well done.You have my vote...

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (8 Oct 2010):

    amazing capture... voted!

  • Antje Woolum

    Antje Woolum (Deleted) gave props (10 Oct 2010): the name you gave him...:)


    JOE FAILK gave props (10 Oct 2010):

    Yea Rad Vote!

  • Juanita Vivas

    Juanita Vivas (Deleted) gave props (10 Oct 2010):

    Nature is amazing! ! ! Voted!

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers gave props (11 Oct 2010):

    GMV! Great SHot!

  • peter bodigor

    peter bodigor gave props (30 Oct 2010):

    Great catch!!

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (1 Nov 2010):

    Excellent, voted

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (6 Nov 2010):

    Fantastic --voted!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (14 Nov 2010):

    Brilliant shot, another yesss!

  • Anne Worner

    Anne Worner (Deleted) gave props (19 Nov 2010):

    My vote - nice use of aperture and nicely focused.

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond gave props (19 Nov 2010):

    It's a great shot Susan. I think I really like the background best. Beautiful depth of field. "Yeah!" R

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton gave props (24 Nov 2010):

    awesome RAD entry

  • Joe Schaf

    Joe Schaf   gave props (29 Nov 2010):

    Great Capture Susan! Voted: "YEAH!"

  • jaume Morera Barreda

    jaume Morera Barreda gave props (2 Dec 2010):

    My vote...!!!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (3 Dec 2010):

    clarence has enough for a month....Voted

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (10 Dec 2010):


  • Sherry

    Sherry gave props (19 Dec 2010):

    wow! nice capture, voted

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (19 Dec 2010):

    My vote, Susan for this great entry!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (22 Dec 2010):


  • Lilian Wagdy

    Lilian Wagdy gave props (25 Dec 2010):

    Brilliant Macro and great entry to the theme. Voted!!

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (1 Jan 2011):

    One more time voted!!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (10 Jan 2011):

    WOW!! Fantastic Susan!! Voted!!

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (18 Jan 2011):

    Easy vote on such a great picture!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (19 Jan 2011):

    What a feat!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (19 Jan 2011):

    I voted.

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (23 Jan 2011):

    very cool shot........back to vote!!

  • Lynn Pepper

    Lynn Pepper gave props (30 Jan 2011):

    Great shot - voted!

  • Sharon Sikes

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