Easter camp-out (3)

To: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Subject: Easter camp-out (3)
Date: Wed, 07 Apr 2010 19:32:54 +1000
A fascinating story thank you for that.

On Wed, Apr 7th, 2010 at 6:35 PM, Geoffrey Dabb <> wrote:

> Another little story.  On the Friday afternoon I was having a bit of
> a doze
> in my tent, just able to hear a drone of conversation from Pat M and
> Ethel
> L.  Suddenly the drone became a bit louder and I could hear a 'Wow!'
> and
> 'That's UNBELIEVABLE'.   I didn't do anything because it's not all
> that
> unusual for unbelievable things to happen at COG campouts.  When the
> ejaculations became even more excited I put my head out and was told
> that a
> spider was catching a wasp that kept getting away.  As I understand
> it
> (please correct me Pat) the wasp went into a trapdoor spider hole
> when the
> spider was out and then the spider went in after it and closed the
> lid.
> Then the lid opened and the spider came out and then the wasp came
> out and
> there was more of the same kind of thing.
> The action was over when I got there with a camera but I got a sort
> of shot
> of the wasp.  The spider kept going in and out in rather agitated
> fashion,
> eventually closing its lid, never to be seen again.  The only
> interpretation
> I can offer is that the wasp was the predator and all the spider's
> actions
> were defensive.  However a close look at a detailed snap shows that
> it might
> have had more on its mind.  Clinging to the spider - including from
> underneath - are at least six apparent young.  I would be surprised
> if a
> spider normally walked around encumbered in such a way, unless it
> was
> removing its young (if that is what they are - they don't look like
> ants)
> from the danger presented by the wasp.  It would be interesting to
> know just
> what species the spider was, and what has been reported about its
> behaviour.
> spider and wasp J.jpg      

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