Sorry, Spider

Jun 3, 2010

When you see a honey bee trapped in a spider web, it's usually dead and about to be consumed.

Not this time.

Today a foraging bee, minding her own "beesiness," was nectaring among the catmint blossoms in our garden when she ran smack dab into a sticky web placed there by a cunning spider.

Tangled in the web and unable to free herself, the honey bee buzzed frantically. It didn't work. She remained trapped, waiting for the spider to return. 

Not this time.

Carefully, I lifted the "damsel in distress" from her predatory prison and placed her on a catmint blossom.  A sip of nectar for nourishment and off she went.

Sorry, spider. This is a bee friendly garden.

By Kathy Keatley Garvey
Author - Communications specialist

Attached Images:

HONEY BEE is caught in the sticky web of a spider. Note the glue-like webbing by her feet. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sticky Web

FREED from the spider web, the honey bee is about to nectar a catmint blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)