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286 Views 2 Replies Last post: May 25, 2012 10:50 PM by John RSS
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May 25, 2012 8:45 AM

Fly in a web ?

I saw this package in a spiders web. The Larvae ( Diptera?) in it was unharmed and working hard to pull the "silk" inwards to close the end. The spider on the web ignored this movement. The web was under a tree which produces airborne seeds so the "coccon" could be made of the seeds ? and could have fallen into the web. Any ideas.

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    May 25, 2012 9:38 AM (in response to John)
    Re: Fly in a web ?

    I fancy that this is a spider parasitoid having fed on spider and now spinning its own cocoon. Let's also just check that we are in the UK?

     

    The next step would be to leave it for a few days, by which time it should have pupated, and then pop it in a breathable container to see what emerges. My money is on an ichneumonid wasp.

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