Friday, June 16, 2017

June 16, 2017: Tetragnatha and a dragonfly:

I saw an orange blob and looked more carefully and saw a Tetragnatha elongata mounting a recently captured dragonfly.  I watched and was quite surprised to see how she managed her breakfast.  She decapitated the dragonfly, wrapped it, hung it from her perch (above) and then used the attached silk to raise the dragonfly to her breakfast table.

Here is Tetragnatha after decapitating the dragonfly.  You can see the dragonfly eye attached below the abdomen.

Wrapping the dragonfly for transport

Raising the dragonfly 

Attaching the dragonfly to a grape vine stem.

Pulling the dragonfly up

More raising the dragonfly

Silk strands for pulling the dragonfly up to her perch

More management (wrapping?) the dragonfly

Slowly pulling the dragonfly to her perch

Raising the dragonfly

Attaching the dragonfly to her perch -  later for breakfast

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