Sunday, August 12, 2012

Bad Day for a Dragonfly

Out for a little while Saturday morning but not many birds out.  A light drizzle started after about 30 minutes so I called it a morning.  Not much of interest out and then I walked by this spider web.  A dragonfly had flown into the web a little earlier and had done quite a bit of damage to the web trying to escape.

Neoscona crucifera, a member of the Orbweaver family made quick work of its capture.  This arachnid gets its name from the cross shape pattern on its back.  Non-poisonous to humans but deadly to insects.  The dragonfly in its web had a very bad day.  Cycle of life of preditor and prey.

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