Posts Tagged ‘prey’

The persist-ant…

March 31, 2014

Scurrying across the path
I saw this little ant.
It bore a heavy burden,
Its legs were all aslant.

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It stopped every now and then
And shifted the mouthful it had.
But never gave up on the task:
A persistent lady…or lad.

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The prey in its jaws
Was about its own size.
But the long-legged ant
Seemed found it tasty and nice.

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I never did find out
How the story ended.
Did the ant succeed,
As its way it wended?

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Did the other ants in the nest
Cheer at a successful chore?
Or did the ant abandon
Its task, and drag it no more?

I left it a mystery
As I consigned the moment to history.

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Drama of Life and Death…near Ranganathittu, 16 July 07

July 17, 2007

I went to Ranganathittu area to do some birding and while I did have a lovely time, with all the usual birds on display, I also watched this little drama of life and death nearby….

On one of the weeds, I watched a butterfly alight on a flower. But inexplicably, almost as soon as it landed on the flower, the butterfly seemed suddenly to wilt…you can see it just hanging off the flower:

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It then fell off altogether, and lay, dead or dying, on a leaf below. Intrigued, I decided to investigate. I gently held the flower to see what could have caused the death of the butterfly, which you can see lying (by now dead) on the leaf below:

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All was revealed…from under the flower crawled the hunter, the predator, which had been lying in wait for just such an opportunity as the one that happened…

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As soon as the butterfly landed, the spider bit it, and paralyzed the butterfly fatally. Even as I looked at it, it dropped off on to the leaf below to proceed to the meal:

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Here’s a close-up of the predator..incredible, I could swear that was a “happy” face on the back of the spider!

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I thought it was ironic to see a happy smiley face on the back of a creature which had just dealt a violent death to another…but on second thought, it was just a living creature getting a meal for itself, so I suppose, now that the meal was ready, a smiley wasn’t an inappropriate thing for the spider to have, as it went off for its lunch….