murder in the wand flower

Not for the faint of heart…

spider-9124At first I couldn’t make out what was going on here, but on closer inspection it turned out that the white spider (Misumena vatia or Goldenrod Crab Spider) had captured a honey bee nearly twice its size. This predatory spider sits patiently in some flower poised to attack any insect unfortunate enough to venture near. As if the bees didn’t have enough problems with herbicides already.

Solitude is a human presumption. Every quiet step is thunder to beetle life underfoot, a tug of impalpable thread on the web pulling mate to mate and predator to prey, a beginning or an end. Every choice is a world made new for the chosen.
Barbara Kingsolver, Prodigal Summer



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