I came across this Araneus diadematus known as the Garden Orb spider, preparing its prey for eating. The web was located just outside my lounge window, spanning the majority of the window surface. It was ingenious the way the spider had decided to place its web over the opening to the window, knowing that a good number of its prey would be flying by.
The spider waited until it felt the LadyBird struggling to escape then rushed out from centre of the web and quickly wrapped the LadyBird in silk, rotating it with its shorter middle legs. When it was secure the spider administered a bite and sat back to allow the deadly venom to do its job. Once all the movement had stopped, the spider took its meal to the centre of the web. It then could either eat it or hang it up for later.
When food is plentiful these spiders will release large prey rather than risk a fight that may damage their web. Flying insects such as flies, beetles and bugs, are common prey.
Laid To Rest
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