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?

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  • I suppose you won't know for sure unless Spider pops out later and starts a new web ?

    I've noticed that if the prey is too lively, the spider will often back off and wait til it's dinner wears itself out and/or gets too entangled to be a danger.  Maybe someone else has seen similar to you ?

    Interesting thoimage

  • Spiders usually know when prey are too much for them to handle, it's all to do with ratio's. I saw it om a wildlife programme some years ago. The initial reaction is instinctive but when sufficient resistance is shown or the spider is unable to inject it's venom due to size, shape or body design they back off. Spiders are smart!

  • VICTORIA SPONGE.  I read your interesting post, but couldn't help noticing how clean your guttering and sofit boards are. imageimageimage

     

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 2,688

    That's interesting- maybe it thought freezing was as good as backing off as it was right next to the bee, just motionless. I thought it must have been stung or something.

    It's been out fixing its web just before dusk, no doubt to trap an unwary mothimage

    1Runnybeak1 wrote (see)

    VICTORIA SPONGE.  I read your interesting post, but couldn't help noticing how clean your guttering and sofit boards are. imageimageimage

     

    Yes, I was out cleaning them at dawnimageimage

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    A little anthropomorphism there, Dave?

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