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Black Widow with centipede

By fotobee  
Tulbagh South Africa

A Black Widow (Latrodectus) or button spider busy subduing its prey, an equally poisonous centipede. I came upon this scene just outside my back door, on the ground late at night, and almost stood upon them. The struggle was epic and lasted almost 15 minutes, before the centipede was parcelled up in the spider`s web and hauled off, still struggling weakly, to be devoured. The spider has made its home on a rectangular flowerpot a meter high, on a stand. The seed is windblown, and hindered the spider mightily in spinning the web tightly around the centipede.

Thank you all for voting, and the lovely comments I received on my Phalaenopsis gigantea spp. This was greatly appreciated !

Have a lovely day !

Best regards

Tags: Wildlife and nature Latrodectus spp and centipede prey

Voters: RLF, cats_123, mike9005 and 19 more

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cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 28 Northern Ireland
19 Jan 2019 10:04AM
My wife would emigrate 😁😁😁

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KarenFB Plus
13 5.3k 173 England
19 Jan 2019 11:25AM
Brilliantly caught!
Mollycat Plus
5 12 2 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2019 2:27PM
Stunning looking capture, by both you and the spider Martin.
nonur Plus
10 18 13 Turkey
19 Jan 2019 4:47PM
A fantastic image, Martin. Taken so well.
TonyDy Plus
10 50 3 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2019 8:52PM
Great close-up, Martin.

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