Story: Spiders and other arachnids

House fly in a web

House fly in a web

This house fly has become tangled out in the web of the common grey house spider. Its struggles have alerted the spider, which is injecting venom into the fly to immobilise it, before starting to feed.

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Photograph by Simon Pollard

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Simon Pollard, 'Spiders and other arachnids - Webs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/12711/house-fly-in-a-web (accessed 19 November 2017)

Story by Simon Pollard, published 24 Sep 2007