An interesting bit of behaviour involved here (but not for Arachnaphobes). The Spider already had this Hoverfly wrapped in the silk when it "spotted" another Hoverfly approaching.
It froze and appeared to watch intently as the Hoverfly became entangled but rather than rushing in for a killing bite it stayed where it was for a few seconds (I understand this is so the spider can "assess" the risk that the prey will be large enough to harm it)
The Hover managed to break free at which point the Spider immediately started feeding on the captured Hover, almost as if it were showing displacement behaviour.
I was pleased with the detail in this shot as the web and the cocoon silk show clearly
|Brand:||OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.|
|Camera:||Olympus OM-D E-M5 Check out Olympus Image Space!|
|Lens:||Panasonic leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F/2.8 MEGA OIS |
|Recording media:||RAW (digital)|
|Date Taken:||14 Sep 2012 - 10:47 AM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/2.8|
|Exposure Mode:||Aperture-priority AE|
|Flash:||Auto, Did not fire, Red-eye reduction|