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Steffen Imhof
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For this #spidersunday by +Kimberly Hosey, +Kjetil Greger Pedersen and +Chris Mallory, something different.
Alas, no connection to mother's day, but it should suit #shadowsonsunday I guess.
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Crane Fly
Even though completely harmless, crane flies still look somewhat scary to me... and getting closer doesn't exactly help.

(For #buggyfriday , by +Margaret Tompkins, +Ray Bilcliff and +Sherry McBriar)
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I dropped off a little while from Google+, but what better way to return than #Spidersunday, by +Kjetil Greger Pedersen, +Kimberly Hosey and +Chris Mallory. Last weekend I saw this guy, but it was sitting quite high up the hedge, so I did not get a really clear shot. Nevertheless when looking through the photos I still liked this one for its dreamy, water coloury look.
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A Nursery Web Spider carrying around her egg sac.
The common english name for these really makes sense as they weave a net around their offspring just before hatching. In contrast, the most common german name "Listspinne" (a rough literal translation would be "Cunning spider") is a bit more far-fetched. I heard that the name might be inspired by the mating behaviour where the male tries to bribe his future bride with a gift. And sometimes he even manages to re-grab the gift again after the act. Allegedly some males even "play dead" with the gift in their fangs to lure the female and go for surprise (http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19726454.800)... cunning indeed.

For #spidersunday , by +Kimberly Hosey, +Chris Mallory & +Kjetil Greger Pedersen
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I did not get a really close picture of this beautiful wasp, but I wanted to share for #BuggyFriday (by +Ray Bilcliff , +Margaret Tompkins and +Sherry McBriar ) anyway just because the colours were so gorgeous.
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A wolfspider sitting in a nostril (of a dragon sculpture).
I cannot really explain why, but for some weird reason I think it has a "friendly" look on its face.
For #SpiderSunday , curated by +Kimberly Hosey, +Chris Mallory and +Kjetil Greger Pedersen
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As I just read, this #BuggyFriday , it's all about butterflies... So here is one I find interesting mainly because of the somewhat "muted" colours.
Alas we don't get that big butterflies around here, so this was not shot in the wild.
(a thank you to the curators +Ray Bilcliff, +Margaret Tompkins and +Sherry McBriar for organizing BuggyFriday)
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For this #BuggyFriday (curated by +Ray Bilcliff ,+Margaret Tompkins and +Sherry McBriar) another grasshopper. This one surprised me with its unusual (at least for our garden) colouring.
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Our window frame provided a nice neutral backdrop for this one.
#SpiderSunday curated by +Chris Mallory, +Kjetil Greger Pedersen and +Kimberly Hosey
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For this #buggyfriday , curated by +Ray Bilcliff and +Sherry McBriar, just a common greenbottle fly.
When looking for the english name, I stumbled upon the fact, that this fly's life-cycle is actually used in forensics to determine the age and condition of corpses. Interesting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_green_bottle_fly
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