Each grasped the other by its opponent’s jaws, while the wasp couldn’t quite bend its abdomen down far enough to sting the spider. Deadlock. Then the wasp broke free and flew off with the spider still attached, so I’ll never know the outcome of the contest. Maybe, during its initial lunge, the spider managed to inject enough venom to kill the wasp and they both plunged to the ground, where the spider finished the job. Maybe the wasp stung the spider and settled to dismember its attacker. Which would you put money on? Anyone know what spider this is?
Thursday, September 24, 2009
A while back I described an encounter between a wasp and a large yellow underwing moth (see http://cabinetofcuriosities-greenfingers.blogspot.com/2009/07/unlucky-moth.html) where there was only ever going to be one outcome, but today I watched a wasp grapple with a more formidable opponent where the winner was always in doubt. The wasp blundered into a spider’s web spun in an umbel of hogweed and after a frantic struggle managed to free itself, but not before the spider had leapt onto the wasp. They hung together in the wrecked web for a few seconds, while I took these pictures.