Thursday, May 19, 2011

A small death

Dead heading my Meconopsis cambrica this morning - a necessary task to get these pretty shade lovers to flower for longer than the three spring weeks that is their norm - I noticed this little scene of life and death.

The crab spider - Misumena vatia - had obviously been waiting patiently on the poppy petals, colouration adjusted to blend in with the yellow background, ready to strike as soon as suitable prey came along.  The poison fangs would have gone in with a swift strike when the unwary fly came within reach, injecting their dose of digestive enzymes to break the fly's tissues into a nutrient soup that the spider could feed on.  It's a scene repeated countless times in any summer garden - I just happened to have a camera handy to capture a little slice of nature.

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