A follow-up on my last entry, and not for the arachnophobic among you. I promise to take a break from spiders after this.
My dexterous orb-weaver spider caught a fly, and here it is all bundled up tidily:
Then she took it up into the eaves, and had supper:
And if you’d like to watch her dining techniques, here is an action video (like last time, watch in full frame if you can persuade it to do so).
* The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt (1799–1888), was published in 1828. The first verse describes the content of my previous blog:
‘Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I’ve a many curious things to show when you are there.”
Several verses later it ends like this, a good accompaniment to this blog entry!
“Up jumped the cunning Spider, and fiercely held her fast.
He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den,
Within his little parlour — but she ne’er came out again!”