21 July 2020

I came across a spider apparently making a meal of a yellowjacket. Perhaps I am at the bottom of the food chain: yellow jackets go after me and spiders go after yellowjackets. When it comes to spiders and wasps, the direction of the food chain can go either way; spiders and wasps make meals of each other. I don't remember the exact tonnage of how much spiders eat in the world per day, but it is in the billions of tons. They do a lot of good work with pests, and so do wasps, so think about that next time you are stung.

Spider eating wasp
Regal Jumping Spider (Phidippus regius) with captured yellowjacket (Vespula squamosa).