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    The demise of a Lily beetle

    Hands up all those feeling sorry for the Lily Beetle ( Lilioceris lilii)

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    Cutie gets a Bluebottle

    A topside view of one of the two in the Darlingtonia house, complete with her prey ( Bluebottle - Calliphora vomitoria )
    She's a much lighter colour than the one above from the top greenhouse and to get the photo I had to shoot through the polycarbonate so the crispness is just a tad off.

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    Fred, again, amazing pictures! They are definitely quite beautiful with their markings.


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    Delicious!

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    I was just lucky enough to catch this.

    I've never seen a male Araneus before, never mind watching one court a female and to cap it all he survived. Result

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    Well he tried his luck again and it looked like the mating was successful. Unfortunately this time she ate him
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    Poor little guy. He died with a smile on his face.The demise of a Lily beetle


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    I Know how he feels!

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    Hux, they don't actually mate. Here's a description - Jumping Spider Palpi

    Here's the little fellow about an hour before she ate him.

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    So amazing! Thanks for the link. Someone really knew what they were doing when they made spiders!
    Thanks Fred.


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