Video: Spider Eating a Dragonfly

Over the weekend I hiked out to one of my favorite spots on campus, the same place where I photographed grass-pink orchids this summer and watched courting turtles last fall. It’s this amazing area along a lakeshore where old logs in the water have been colonized by bog plants, creating little islands of habitat. Getting out to them requires scrambling down a bank and then walking out on the newer vegetation-free logs.

While I was crouching on a log admiring the sundew and pitcher plants, a meadowhawk dragonfly (I’m not sure of the exact species) blundered into a big spiderweb next to me. I admired it for a moment, thinking I might take a photo and then free it, since the spider seemed to be nowhere in sight. Then the dragonfly twitched and the enormous spider appeared out of its hiding place.

After a second it occurred to me to switch my camera to video mode. Ta-da! I can almost hear David Attenborough narrating. You can see the spider working to crunch the awkwardly-shaped dragonfly down into a more manageable package, crumpling up its wings and abdomen.

It was hard to keep the video perfectly in focus, since I was balancing on a log and couldn’t see what I was doing terribly well. But I’m not gonna lie, this was a pretty darn cool thing to watch. What a big meal for that spider!

Advertisements

10 thoughts on “Video: Spider Eating a Dragonfly”

  1. This is so cool! I had already scheduled a “Wordless Wednesday” post for my blog tomorrow before I read this. (It will appear at 5 am PST tomorrow, Aug 1st). Its photos of a dragonfly trapped in a HUGE spiderweb. I just went back and added a link to this post.

  2. Wow! I just posted, the other day, a spider catching a tiny bluet. I really should have thought to switch to video. I love how your spider winds web around and around the body of the dragonfly.

    I’m going to follow Michelle’s example and add a link to this on my post.

    And now, off to see Michelle’s HUGE spiderweb!

  3. Hey again. I “Liked” Light Stalking’s page on FB a while back. Look what they posted today! http://www.lightstalking.com/35-amazing-and-colourful-photographs-of-dragonflies
    You have to check these out! they’re beautiful.

    You should also check out Naturally Curious on FB. Today they posted info about spider spinnerets. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Naturally-Curious/301449080030

    Wanderin’ Weeta, thanks for stopping by my blog. I tried to visit you, but your blog is private.

Comments = love!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s