there’s a fly in my soup

July 13, 2010

in Insects and Spiders

Garden Spider in Web   |   Mesmerising Moments

There’s a slight tang of salt in the air. A web stretches between the hardy coastal plants, barely maintained in the constant onshore breeze.

I look closer. It’s not the wind that’s damaged the gossamer threads, it’s food.

A tiny fly, recently trapped by the sticky silk tries in vain to break free.

Mummified neighbours have already succumbed. Escape vibrations send shivers through the web. The spider appears. It’s dinner plate signalling lunch is served.

The scale-like brown back crossed with white dots races across the bouncing web. Its great jaws make small work of the stricken fly.


Find out more about the habitats and distribution of Garden Spiders (Araneus diadematus) on the Natural History Museum website.


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