A deadly embrace

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    I was trying to catch of shot of the male brown lynx spider when it was attacked by a female elegant lynx spider. I thought the fight would have been evenly matched but the female took little time in dispatching the unfortunate male. I know these lynx spiders aren't afraid to take on large prey but this was the first time I've seen one kill another spider of equal size.

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    NIIIIICCEEE.. but are they trying to kill eachother? or are they mating? cant really tell cuz they blend in so well with the background
     
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    Great series! Lighting is perfect.
     
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    Spiders tend to mate quite quickly, and don't really indulge much in pillow talk, especially the males as if they hang around too long they tend to become a quick snack for the female. As indeed this poor devil appears to have become. Afraid to say there is definitely a lot of fang action going there.

    Great sequence of shots there.
     
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    They really blend into the background well, their camouflage is truly remarkable. I didn't even seen the Elegant Lynx spider until it sprung onto the other one. She has definitely killed it as I slowly watched it go lifeless as I was taking shots. She has dug her fangs right into the thorax. I was quite a skillful take down.

    Thanks for the feedback.
     
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    Good point and I had considered that, but I wasn't sure if they were mating as they seem like two different species of lynx spider. The female did have a nest near the site so it may have been a defensive action. What ever the reason, the male didn't last very long in the fight. It was a blur of legs for about five seconds, then he just hung in her jaws and went limp. Who would even know!
     

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