Following on from the post about orb web spiders, Rambling Ratz had the dubious honour to catch one in action.
A poor innocent crane fly, known affectionately in these parts as a “daddy long legs”, blundered haplessly into the web. Stuck to the silk it could only wait helplessly for the spider to feel the vibrations that alert it to meal time. The victim was then bitten to stun it and wrapped in silk to keep it in place. The predator then sucked the juicy bits out and left the poor crane fly a humble husk of its former self.
Let us now all shudder together and view the unfolding drama; grateful that man-eating spiders like the ones in Johnny Weismuller’s Tarzan films don’t exist.