The Spider, the Syrphid and the Zinnia

What are you having for Thanksgiving?

Turkey and all the trimmings?

Well, this little jumping spider had his sights set on ambushing a delicious syrphid fly.

Here's the scenario: The syrphid fly, a pollinator, hovers over a zinnia, sees no danger (the spider is tucked beneath a petal) and touches down. Ms. Fly slurps the nectar--ooh, that's good--and circles the blossom for more. 

Ms. Fly, so busy slurping, is unaware that danger lurks with eight legs, excellent acuity and powerful leg muscles. 

In a flash, Mr. Jumping Spider leaps.


No meal today for Mr. Jumping Spider. Another day for Ms. Fly.