Life and death at my mailbox!

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When I arrived at my mailbox around 11:45 AM a little spider appeared to be in control of a bumblebee that looked like it was at least 10 times bigger than the spider. I have no idea how the spider caught the bee in its web.

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The spider was twirling the bee, rapidly wrapping it in silk.

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But the bee was pretty big and managed to pull itself up onto the mailbox.

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Unfortunately (for the bee) the plastic mailbox was slippery.  The bee found a hole and grabbed it with one leg. It struggled to extricate itself from the web but the plastic provided no additional foothold. The poor bee would struggle, rest and struggle again.  I assumed the bee would eventually escape. How could the spider’s web possibly hold such a gigantic bee? I had lunch and returned to check on the action.

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The bee had fallen down again. It was too dark under the box to get a photo of the spider but it looked like the spider was doing something to the bee’s abdomen, probably pumping it full of more venom.

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The bee tried to pull itself up onto the slippery mailbox again. I was rooting for the bee and had to stop watching for awhile.

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Half an hour later when I checked at 1:15 PM it was over.  The bee’s legs were immobilized. I couldn’t find the spider. I assume it was off inviting relatives to the feast.

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Carrie Staples

Author, illustrator of "The Yarn Animal Book", probably the only craft book with instructions for making such unique yarn animals as an orangutan, an ant eater, a llama and a star-nosed mole and "The Single Minded Prince, a fairy tale for all ages about a boy and a pirate captain who both misbehave. The books and a booklet series based on each different yarn craft topic covered in "The Yarn Animal Book" (pompoms and other really easy yarn crafts, knitting, crocheting, rya, needlepoint and embroidery), are available on Amazon and Kindle.

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