Garden spider digesting a fly

Garden spider digesting a fly

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A female Garden spider, Araneus diadematus, at the centre of her web in a garden hedge, Norfolk UK, September. The garden spider is the most familiar of the orb-web spiders, easily spotted in Autumn. Females are larger than males, and may reach 12-15mm in size, compared to 8mm for males. The picture shows the spider in process of eating a small fly. Prey items are recovered from wherever on the web they became trapped, then wrapped in silk and carried to the centre of the web. The spider injects a fluid containing enzymes that dissolve the the contents of the prey, which are consumed as a liquid soup.

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Keywords: araenus diadematus, biological, biology, female spider, fly, garden spider, orb-weaver, orb-web, prey, web, zoological, zoology

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