A wall is only as strong as the bees that defend it.
In Wayanad, Danesh showed me these funny little wasps/bees that didn’t sting, and made homes in curious little nooks and crannies.
These were furiously manning a little fort they’d made their own. Let no breach go unpunished!
I would really appreciate any ID help that I get!
Continue reading “Bee the fort!”
At any rate, you live.
We 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.
Continue reading “You live and learn.”