I had the opportunity to observe the wilder side of nature this morning. Some days ago I noticed this garden spider had spun a web above our lavender bushes. At the time it was just hanging around so I took a few photos, but never shared them here as I found an even better subject later in the day.
This morning, as I sat outside, brainstorming my latest article for Photoblog, I noticed it was still in residence and had caught some prey - a fly of some description. As I grabbed my camera it started wrapping the insect in further layers of silk and I was thrilled to capture this miniature predator in action. No doubt it's not the most pleasant end for the fly but at this point in the day, early evening, the web is now empty, so I'm guessing the spider has since eaten his or her shrink-wrapped snack!
23 August 2017