Images of Bee predators, page 4 - Garden Spiders (Araneus diadematus)
<Photos by Wolf Peter Weber of a male Garden Spider finishing a Honey-Bee-cocoon as well as of a cocoon holding a wasp>

Other than the one of the wasp-wrap, top left, we get 2 images of Garden Spiders on this page.
Top right a male just about to complete a cocooning. Bottom a female about to give
another Honey Bee the treatment, deftly avoiding the bee's extended stinger.
Spiders don’t see too well, in turn their webs are like sensory extensions. Webs not only slow
down and entangle prey, they also serve as vibration transmitters. Orb webs, as woven by the common Garden Spider, are designed to capture prey with little silk, in contrast to the more elaborate weaves on the preceding pages. Notice how few strings it took to keep the packaged wasp in suspension. Also note the huge stinger, unleashed in futility, now used as tying pole.
Silk strands, as flimsy and fragile as they may seem, are strong and flexible to the degree that
much research is being done to synthetically reproduce similar filaments for a broad range of
industrial and even medical applications. Yet until now nature seems to be one ahead
of science, manufacturing anything with spider silk fiber properties has been rather elusive.

<Photo by Wolf Peter Weber of a female Garden Spider preparing a Honey Bee to be cocooned>
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