Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Spider -v- Wasp
A window-lace-weever spider (Amaurobius fenestralis) attempts to capture a common wasp (Vespula vulgaris). The wasp became trapped in the tangle web and tried to extract itself by beating its wings furiously. The spider approached cautiously, avoiding the sting of the wasp, and managed to bite and paralyze the wasp. After several minutes of trying to drag the unfortunate wasp into its den the anaesthetic began to wear off and the wasp attempted to sting the spider. Eventually the spider realised it had bit off a bit more than it could chew, and retreated. A few minutes later the wasp broke free of the web and took off.