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.
The spider was twirling the bee, rapidly wrapping it in silk.
But the bee was pretty big and managed to pull itself up onto the mailbox.
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.
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.
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.
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.