Breakfast, Wrapped And Ready To Go


Early morning, the sun has risen beaming down autumn sunrays, and above the sound of twittering birds in the garden I hear a high-pitched buzzing … it may as well have been a scream …

Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus)

I could not see the source of the sound at first, but then I saw this large Garden Spider dangling in its web, and the source of the high-pitched buzzing …

Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus)

What appeared to be a hoverfly caught and being wrapped up tight in a silken package.

Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus)The buzzing ceased, the monstrous spider wrapping in a frenzy, but a carefully and calculated frenzy, spewing its fine silken wrap to fully encapsulate its paralysed prey.

Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus)

When satisfied all was wrapped up good and tight, it carted its bound package up its finely woven web, to foliage where it could feed until full.

Photographs of Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus), taken October 2016, rear garden , Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

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