A Phoenix fly trap: life or death struggle caught on camera
Published 05/05/2014 | 02:30
Photographer Marc O'Sullivan captured the life-or-death struggle between two of nature's bitter enemies in minute detail.
You can almost see the fear in the eyes of the insect and its hairs stand on end as it realises it has fallen into a potentially deadly trap.
The eight-legged hunter was cunningly hiding beneath a flower in Phoenix Park when the fly alighted for a split second.
The white spider was well-hidden among the petals and in the blink of an eye the fly was wrapped up in its legs.
But following a brief tussle, the fly managed to zoom away and lived to fight another day. "It was actually my daughter that pointed to the flower and asked me what it was," Marc told the Irish Independent.
"I went over to inspect the flower and saw a fly perched on it. I quickly whipped out my camera and took a picture before it flew away."
And indeed Marc didn't notice the second subject matter of the photograph until he got home later that day.
"It was only when I uploaded the photograph onto my computer that evening I realised the fly had actually been perched on a large translucent spider," he said.
He then looked closely at more frames and realised that he had captured a brief moment of mortal combat.