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The purpose of the fly

By littleflea
Another one from my archives - not pretty but interesting. I watched a spider as it glided from a window across to a fence trailing a single strand of web. It then made its way back to the middle of the strand and dropped. The strand was a bit higher than me. Spider continued dropping until it reached the ground where this deceased fly was lying and then attached some web to the fly's legs. The spider then started climbing back up lifting this fly bit by bit until it was dangling about my shoulder height. It tied off a couple of knots and left the fly, returning to the single strand of original web. The spider proceeded to spin its web, round and round. The fly became an anchor. A few weeks ago I saw a small rock dangling from a strand of web. I don't think I want to see THAT spider !! :o)))

Tags: Web Fly Spider Close-up and macro

Voters: Rudranath, Daisymaye, banehawi and 48 more

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Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
22 Feb 2021 2:37AM
Simply amazing what they can do.
pablophotographer 9 1.9k 407
22 Feb 2021 2:50AM
Cured for 21 days.
That spider must had been working at a local butcher's shop before visiting your place.
Great detail and story.
kaybee Plus
17 7.7k 26 Scotland
22 Feb 2021 7:20AM
This was obviously a 'Click & Collect' meal.
22 Feb 2021 10:42AM
A stunning image and a fascinating narrative, Sandra.

SlowSong Plus
12 9.7k 30 England
22 Feb 2021 11:53AM
I love watching spiders on their webs. They're so clever and impressive.
Superb shot.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2223 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2021 4:43PM
If you're going to have an anchor, it might as well be your next meal, it would be a shame to waste all of that energy on anything that wasn't edibleTongue.
22 Feb 2021 5:55PM
stunning macro
Irishkate Plus
10 45 121 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2021 6:37PM
Amazing observations - and superb image Sandra.
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
22 Feb 2021 8:14PM
Wonderful how it is so isolated!

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