Voracious green lynx, hanging on by one claw

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    Hanging by one claw, this green lynx spider (Peucetia viridans) dropped the butterfly she had been feeding upon and caught this colorful wasp. While she fed, the wasp was swarmed by tiny micro-flies called "freeloader flies". These tiny flies feed upon the prey of the spider, sometimes even hanging out with and riding around on the predator. These uninvited dinner guests are called kleptoparasites! I have also seen them on the prey of assassin bugs. (Thanks to Bugguide.net for the identity of the flies.)
    *Alternative unscientific "Bob's world" explanation: the wasp died peacefully in it's sleep and the little grim reaper flies (forager minions of the spider queen) picked it up and flew it to her so it wouldn't go to waste!

    (I really need the clouds & wind to go away so I can get back to wildflowers ;-)

    Cassiopée2010, Sandra Standbridge., and 6 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. bob in swamp 29 months ago | reply

      She had been feeding upon this red admiral butterfly just prior to catching the wasp. A few of her young are visible at the top of the photo, which was taken about 45 minutes earlier. Perhaps the freeloader flies are of some use, getting caught in the nest web and becoming baby's first food:
      Voracious Green Lynx (Peucetia viridans)

    2. abiom 29 months ago | reply

      xcellent detail n description

    3. momof3_click(so busy these days) 29 months ago | reply

      Awesome spider captures. She is so pretty in colors. : )

    4. Cassiopée2010 29 months ago | reply

      wouah ! la dévoreuse !!!

    5. Sandra Standbridge. 29 months ago | reply

      Another two outstanding images. Wow!!! So impressive.

    6. Hakahonu<::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 29 months ago | reply

      Bonne macro:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    7. Mary Keim 29 months ago | reply

      Nice photo and interesting phenomenon!

    8. robchopper 29 months ago | reply

      its a feeding frenzy, fantastic macro Bob!

    9. duckinwales (now in Ipernity) 28 months ago | reply

      Fantastic capture and fascinating behaviour, all I can say is that I hope the clouds and wind stay!

    10. jean-mie ( absent une semaine) 28 months ago | reply

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    11. footTRAX ( www.foottraxphotography.com ) 28 months ago | reply

      That is a really cool shot! You were at the right place at the right time. Wow!

    12. Paul Wyman 27 months ago | reply

      Great nature photo , love it !!!!

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