Spider vs. Spider, part 2

There’s something I find compelling about an image of a spider eating another spider, so here’s another one.  I found this little scene on a lady fern frond while taking the compost out late last July.  The spider doing the eating is a crab spider (Thomisidae: Mecaphesa), and the one being eaten is a mesh web weaver (Dictynidae).

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About Charley Eiseman

I am a freelance naturalist, endlessly fascinated by the interconnections of all the living and nonliving things around me. I am the lead author of Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates (Stackpole Books, 2010), and continue to collect photographs and information on this subject. These days I am especially drawn to galls, leaf mines, and other plant-insect interactions.
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3 Responses to Spider vs. Spider, part 2

  1. Judith Eiseman says:

    Hmm. Not exactly cannibalism I guess, but disturbing somehow. Maybe we classify them differently from the way they classify themselves?

  2. Animals kill in order to eat and, thus, survive. It’s the balance of nature. What’s disturbing, is all the reasons we rational killing

  3. Ren13 says:

    Oh I like spiders. Some crab spiders are very cool, they can adapt their color to match the plants where they hide. Prettiest one I saw matched a pink morning glory bloom…

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