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I’ve got nothing against spiders: like all creatures they need to eat, but they can be rather cunning about how they ensnare their prey.

170803 Enoplognatha ovata sensu lato (1)

These Enoplognatha ovata, which come in several colourways, were taking advantage of the umbrella-shaped flowers of Wild carrot (Daucus carota) and Wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa), lurking under the canopy created by the flower stems then darting rapidly through the gaps to grab hoverflies and other mini-beasties while they were feeding. Very sneaky!

 

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