Witnessed a Common Wasp Vespula vulgaris attempt to steal the web-wrapped prey of a Garden Spider Araneus diadematus in the garden this afternoon. The spider didn't try and catch the wasp (though they are more than capable of doing so) but resorted to prodding the invader and raising its front legs in an aggressive display, until after a few minutes the wasp gave up and flew off. Pics below taken with the trusty Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone.
|Common Wasp Vespula vulgaris attemptng to steal the meal of a Garden Spider Araneus diadematus, Worcester Park, |
6 September 2015
|The Garden Spider Araneus diadematus relieved after saving its meal, Worcester Park, 6 September 2015|