Gardens are savage, brutal places

Mary is almost as into the spider thing as I am, but while I’m specializing in dirty dark cobwebby garages, she’s cultivating a garden and letting me know when she spots the arachnid denizens of bright sunny spaces. So she tells me she’s spotted a pair of spiders on the pea plants, and she thought they might be mating. I toddled out with my camera to see what the fuss was about, and here’s the wee little yellow critter ambling about on a leaf. I’m going to say it’s a tetragnathid.

It kept going back to the other spider, but I couldn’t get a good look at its partner. I tried to get it a good angle.

Then, when I finally do get a good shot at what it has down there…oops. Definitely not mating. It’s killing and eating the other spider, which I still can’t identify, in part because it’s trussed up and getting gnawed on.

Should I be worried that my wife can’t tell the difference between making love and being murderized?


  1. Becca Stareyes says

    Given some of last year’s efforts to breed spiders, I can believe that there is understandable confusion when it comes to ‘spider mating or spider dinner (or both)’.

  2. weylguy says

    Encouraged by Dr. Myers’ infatuation with spiders (which I’ve always been afraid of), yesterday I spotted a large garden spider that had built a truly beautiful web in my back yard. I tossed a small grasshopper onto the web, which the spider immediately pounced on. Not five minutes later, a blue jay swooped down and took the spider on the fly, completely destroying the web. That’s what I get for being magnanimous to spiders.

  3. blf says

    there can be up to a Hundred species of spiders in a British garden

    Some of them even have eight legs !

  4. mountainbob says

    Nature. Full of wonder, but not without violence. One difference between we’uns and them is that when we kill each other there’s usually an emotional, political, economic or religious basis. When they do it, it’s just part of life.