The Paper Wasp, the Stink Bug and the Spider (four photos)
"Drama in the Garden"
visiting Red Butte Garden when I came upon a Paper Wasp chewing on the
head of a Stink Bug.
This was rather unusual
so I started photographing. When I moved around for a different view, I
Orb Weaver hanging on the
back side of the leaf. © Carol Davis, 7-25-2013
obvious to me that the Stink Bug had been the Orb Weaver's dinner and the
Paper Wasp had
flown in and started snacking on it.
The wasp was hurrying as fast as possible and at one point got on
of the bug and tried to fly away
with it. But, by this time the
spider had moved down to where
the stink bug was caught in the web by just a couple of legs. © Carol Davis 7-25-2013
The spider grabbed hold of the remaining tangle of silk and legs and was not letting go.
Finally, as shown in the last photo,
the wasp just grabbed a wing,
devoured it and left (buzzing past my head to let me know it wasn't happy with my presence). The
spider knew exactly
what was going on and, behind the scenes, secured
what was left of dinner. © Carol Davis 5-25-2013
When I came back about an hour later, the spider had cut the carcass loose and was awaiting
possibly another stink bug (and there were many around). ©
Carol Davis 7-25-2013
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