Thursday, October 23, 2008
OK, so it doesn't EAT the whole bird, but it apparently caught and killed it. The golden orb weaver in this photo is hard to judge exactly, but my first thought was it was nearly the size of my hand. A pretty impressive arachnid. The picture just looks wrong - even though we know there are spiders capable of killing small birds, it seems like a reversal of the "birds eat bugs" natural order to have it displayed so graphically. A reminder that nature always has another surprise for us.