Bee paralyses spider?
I saw a bumblebee fly into a garden spider web in front of the kitchen window and I went outside to observe.
The bee and the spider had a scuffle and the spider managed to get web around half the bees body. The bee was struggling to free itself when I realised the spider wasn't moving at all.
The bee got the web off its body and was sorting out its legs and the spider just hung there the whole time. I tried to intervene at this point (I wasn't going to) as I thought the spider must be dead. The bee freed itself and buzzed away and then the spider slowly crawled away under the gutter.
I've been peering at the pics I took but still can't work out what exactly happened. I didn't take a photo of the scuffle. I also wonder if it was a young queen bee as apparently all bumbles don't sting?