On Thursday I spotted a little spider lurking with intent behind the edge of a leaf:
I disturbed it enough to get a clearer photo and was then able to identify it as a female Diaea evanida, commonly known as the Flower Spider (more info here, on Arachne.org). They are ambush hunters and their colouring allows then to hide in flowers – but mine obviously reckoned that behind a leaf might be just as good.
On Friday I looked for it again and saw it on top of a leaf … near a
wasp bee (see Comments). I grabbed a photo as quickly as I possibly could:
My haste was vindicated a moment later as the spider pounced. Predator and prey together were instantly suspended beneath the leaf on a strand of silk, the wasp struggling but quickly losing any capacity to escape:
As the wasp’s movements stilled, the spider pulled them both back to its leaf …
… and then flipped them round behind the leaf, which is where I left them.