Drama in the corners

And in this corner, a click beetle, so named because they make a “click” when they flip up into the air (it helps them turn over should they find themselves belly-up) and a spider. The battle, such as it was, lasted for most of a day. I could hear the haunting click from a neighboring room. Then the spider, having won, started drinking, and that lasted for most of a day, too. And then some two days later:This egg case was clearly fueled by all that click beetle juice. I assume that’s the male on the left, typically smaller when it comes to spiders.

I have to say, spiders are not to be emulated as good housekeepers. Once they’ve drained their prey, they have a husk of an exoskeleton remaining (try some shrimp shell). So they discard it, in this case into corners, window sills, etc.

2 Responses to “Drama in the corners”

  1. 1 myra hope August 27, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Took your cue and headed to Lookout Hill. Hadn’t seen a redstart for years….and there they were! Along with black and whites, a Tennessee and a vireo. I kept wanting someone to get a hold on a squawling toddler only to realize it was a juvenile redtail calling. Kept me company all morning. Thanks for the tip and getting me out!

  1. 1 Spiderlings « Backyard and Beyond Trackback on September 18, 2012 at 7:10 am

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