You live and learn.

At any rate, you live.

27656517-Argiope_losing_a_waspWe often paint these pictures in our minds of nature, red in tooth and claw, but it is not so.

Be it a pride of lions, a school of sharks or a lone, young spider – the tale is the same. The prey are numerous, they often get away, and the “big bad predators” have to stay hungry a lot of the time.

Above is a snapshot of a wasp (or a fly of some sort) getting away from the clutches of a juvenile Argiope spider. You can see the little white bit of spider silk it’s all but gotten itself out of. The wasp was flying around quite woozily for a while afterwards, having been bitten at least a little by the spider, but clearly not enough to succumb.

The first two tiles of the collage illustrate how the spider can switch between sides of the web, through a little hole that I had described earlier.

Metadata Canon Powershot G11. ISO 80. From top left in clockwise, f/4.5 at 1/500 second; f/4.0 at 1/320 second and f/4.0 at 1/640 second. Edited using Picasa 3.8.
Taken in December 2010 at my workplace in Bommasandra, Bangalore, India.

You live and learn.

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