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| p.1 #1 · Making Soup From A Fly - Warning - Insect Gore |
Charlie, avert your eyes now! You've been warned.
I saw this fly fly into the web out of the corner of my eye, but before I could get my lens pointed at this cliché image, the spider had already wrapped up its dinner. Amazingly quick whey they need to be. I took a few shots as it rotated its victim to apply a few more layers of binding web. The venom spiders inject don't just "calm" their prey down. The myriad of enzymes the venom contains also digest the soft tissues so they can be slurped up, like soup. "Waiter! There is soup in my fly!"
This a is female marbled orb-weaver (possibly Araneus marmoreus) in action. The fly I could not identify, but it is safe to assume the fly was a good source of nutrition for the spider. In the last two frames, I believe the fangs are in the fly. Taken last summer, at a local park. There can be variation in the colour depending on region, with some being quite a bit brighter than this specimen.
1. You're Mine!
2. A Little Rotation
3. And Add A Pinch Of Venom
4. Soon, You'll Be A Drosophila Slurpie. Yum!
5. Bonus Spider: Not as cool as Birdie's web shot but, but still interesting (IMO). I love how the OOF web bits are like little bars of light. This slim spider might be about a centimetre long, whereas the female marbled is about 2.5 to 3 cm, with quite a large abdomen.
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