Take a look at this photo of a cranefly (click on it to enlarge).

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If you look very carefully you will see a spider on the back of said cranefly – the fly must be at least 10 times the size of the spider.  The tussle between the two of them lasted at least 30 mins. I think it was a crab spider – not sure on that though.  The spider did not have a web – it just hung on to the fly as it kept trying to fly away up and down the plant it was on.  Who won in the end? – don’t know as it was time to make a cup of tea!!

Ron Foreman

I will try to get this ‘garden’ spider identified Ron, and post the answer here as an update!


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    WESTFIELD WILDLIFE has been created for Westfield residents and visitors to submit news and photos of any wildlife observed in the Parish. We also aim to post our own sightings and topical wildlife news as often as time allows.

    WESTFIELD PARISH lies just to the north of the coastal town of HASTINGS in E. Sussex (south east UK), and a MAP of the area covered by the Parish is here http://www.westfieldvillage.co.uk/maps

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