Okay, I did not identify these spiders (and I doubt I could –Well maybe an Araneus diadematus at top of the first picture below), but let”s this be part of BBB09. I was walking down the trail when I saw a Crane fly (there were plenty of them this morning) that was dancing in a very strange way.
Indeed. It wasn”t dancing. It was trying to escape from a spider web. Do you notice anything special?
The Crane fly is doing well to flee from the web. Actually, it did remove itself from being completely caught up within.
Does it help? Not sure. And here”s why:
Before escaping, a spider had jumped onto its back, and is poisoning the insect to death.
The Crane fly didn’t make it. I was just left wondering if I wasn’t witnessing directly something called kleptoparasitism: the catching spider wasn’t really owning the web, but jumped as the occasion went by instead. Indeed, it doesn’t look like the two spider belong to the same species (even if most spider species have strong sexual dimorphism). What do you think?