deponti (deponti) wrote,
deponti
deponti

  • Mood:
  • Music:

Drama of Life and Death...near Ranganathittu, 16 July 07

I went to Ranganathittu area to do some birding and while I did have a lovely time, with all the usual birds on display, I also watched this little drama of life and death nearby....

On one of the weeds, I watched a butterfly alight on a flower. But inexplicably, almost as soon as it landed on the flower, the butterfly seemed suddenly to wilt...you can see it just hanging off the flower:

Butterfly drama 2 160707 Ranganathittu area

It then fell off altogether, and lay, dead or dying, on a leaf below. Intrigued, I decided to investigate. I gently held the flower to see what could have caused the death of the butterfly, which you can see lying (by now dead) on the leaf below:


Butterfly drama 3

All was revealed...from under the flower crawled the hunter, the predator, which had been lying in wait for just such an opportunity as the one that happened...

Butterfly drama 5

This is a

CRAB SPIDER (to read Karthik's post, click on the capitals)

As soon as the butterfly landed, the spider bit it, and paralyzed the butterfly fatally. Even as I looked at it, it dropped off on to the leaf below to proceed to the meal:

Butterfly drama 4

Here's a close-up of the predator..incredible, I could swear that was a "happy" face on the back of the spider!


Picture of the predator butterfly drama

I thought it was ironic to see a happy smiley face on the back of a creature which had just dealt a violent death to another...but on second thought, it was just a living creature getting a meal for itself, so I suppose, now that the meal was ready, a smiley wasn't an inappropriate thing for the spider to have, as it went off for its lunch....
Tags: death, drama, food, life, photography, predator, prey, ranganathittu, smiley face, spider
Subscribe

  • Hulimangala, Sun, 250721

    I always worry when visiting a bird/nature location either for the first time, or after a long gap, if I am bringing a group along. What will the…

  • The flower

    What is a flower But Beauty? When the petals are scattered The fragrance has gone It's dead, I agree. The flower has faded... The bloom is now…

  • Art by Biju

    Just look at this painting by Biju Cherayath . This is (was, it's almost gone now) a ramshackle shed at the edge of Gulakmale Lake. It…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 12 comments

  • Hulimangala, Sun, 250721

    I always worry when visiting a bird/nature location either for the first time, or after a long gap, if I am bringing a group along. What will the…

  • The flower

    What is a flower But Beauty? When the petals are scattered The fragrance has gone It's dead, I agree. The flower has faded... The bloom is now…

  • Art by Biju

    Just look at this painting by Biju Cherayath . This is (was, it's almost gone now) a ramshackle shed at the edge of Gulakmale Lake. It…