Doomed in the Jaws of a Meshweb Weaver

Category: Nature


Photo and caption by Lesley Roy

I'd been hoping to one day get a decent shot of a Vinegar Fly; not an easy task given that they are only 2.5-3mm long. I was "following" one when I saw it land on the edge of a leaf. Its leg became caught in the messy web of an equally tiny spider and what unfolded was the little Drosophilidae fighting for its life. You can almost see the terror in its eyes. It didn't have a chance because it began to die as soon as the spider grabbed it with its fangs and injected poison. The flies fate can be seen in the form of the remains of previous victims as it is dragged to the centre of the leaf.

Location: Morinville, Alberta


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