“On the morning of 29th November 2014, while skirting a local pond, I noticed that a dragonfly had become ensnared in a spider’s web near the water’s edge. The arachnid predator was a female Yellow-Silver Saint Andrew’s Cross Spider (Argiope catenulata) and was putting the finishing touches of her sticky silk to restrain the male dragonfly prey (below), a Common Parasol (Neurothemis fluctuans).
“When she was satisfied that her silken strands were sufficiently secure, she then proceeded to nibble on the immobilised victim, as well as sucking up all the nutritious juices (below).
“A video clip of this femme fatale having her leisurely brunch may be previewed here:”
Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
24th July 2015