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Photo#50224
Spider and prey inside Cranesbill flower - Emblyna - male

Spider and prey inside Cranesbill flower - Emblyna - Male
Ashland County, Ohio, USA
May 17, 2005
These odd flies were attracted to the Wild Geranium (Cranesbill) flowers, where the drama unfolded...

I'd love to know more about the fly and the spider.

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Spider and prey inside Cranesbill flower - Emblyna - male Spider and prey inside Cranesbill flower - Rhamphomyia - male Spider and prey inside Cranesbill flower - Rhamphomyia

That is so clear and a lovely
That is so clear and a lovely pic. I have never seen a spider with its pray ever before. copart

Erigoninae?
Dictynidae usually have a scaly appearance. See
here and
here.
This looks too shiny. I have a hunch it is in the Erigoninae (Linyphiidae).

 
Hi
Devin.
Please see the "Dictyna" info page, and note this image.
More importantly, there is enough palpal organ detail here to place this specimen at the genus level.

oops
double oops didn't know the spider was in another guide page.

oops
oops

Empididae
I agree, the flies are dance flies...

You guys are awesome!
Thanks so much for the IDs--I shoot first and ask questions later.

Jay Cossey
PhotographsFromNature.com

Great
images.

Spider says, May I have this dance?
I'll take the fly part if someone else will venture an ID of the spider.

If I'm not mistaken, this is a Dance Fly.

--Stephen

Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV
www.stephencresswell.com

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