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A Shadow over North Carolina

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Rotten food!
You can see the green lynx spider's prey in this photograph. You see all the little blurry things on the dead wasp? Those are little tiny flies. There were really buzzing all over the dead wasp. I think that the spider pulled that wasp out of a pitcher, and so the wasp was covered with putrefying juices. Hence the worshipful flies. This is an interesting case of kleptoparasitism by the spider.

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Revised: October 2007
©Barry Rice, 2005