The tiny kleptoparasite Argyrodes elevatus
on the web of the yellow garden spider, Argiope aurantia
. Heritage Island, Anacostia
River, Washington, DC, USA. 25 August 2012. It was a rainy day and not many things were flying between showers, so I thought I'd do a little video of this Argiope
sucking on its food. Initially, I didn't even see the little kleptoparasite lurking in the web. When I finally saw it, I knew immediately what it was because I had seen it in a David Attenborough movie
. It was great fun to finally see one in real life. From now on, I'll have to stop and closely inspect every one of these webs.