Clash of the “Titans”…

Some of the most memorable sightings are often of the smaller game; this includes the spiders and insects and other creepy crawlies found all over the reserve. This morning we witnessed a spider hunting wasp landing in the web of a golden orb spider. Everyone expected the spider to catch the wasp, but it turns out that the wasp ended up the victor. The wasp managed to sting and paralyze the spider.

Both the spider and the wasp then ended up on the ground where the wasp proceeded to drag the spider off to a place where the now paralyzed but still alive spider could be buried. Wasps are known to lay their eggs and bury them along with spiders and caterpillars as food for their larvae, but this is not an occurrence that is often witnessed, and we were lucky to be in the right place at the right time.



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