We are used to seeing spiders as predators, but what preys on spiders?
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|The clubionid spider in the photo has been stung and paralysed by a pompilid wasp Auplopus carbonarius. The wasp has bitten off most of the spider's legs, presumably to lighten the load as it carries its unfortunate prey back to its burrow.|
|This Theridion (probably melanurum) is carrying a wasp larva. The larva grew larger by feeding on the spider and eventually killed its host.|
|This robberfly, Dioctria sp., has caught a small spider. Did it catch the spider in mid-air as it was ballooning or did it pick it off the ground or vegetation?|
|A cellar spider, Pholcus phalangioides, has caught a woodlouse spider, Dysdera sp., has wrapped it in silk and is eating it.|