I do not know the name of this small (yellow/orange) spider, but it certainly must have potent venom and very strong silk.
As we arrived back at the Thanda Safari Lodge after a very productive morning game drive one of our guests pointed at a small spider and a honey bee seemingly floating in the air. When we looked closer it became clear that the spider was holding the dead bee firmly with its pedipalps while slowly pulling itself and its prey up to a branch by a silk strand.
Sometimes the ‘small sightings’ are even more fascinating than the big ones!
Occasionally a Bark Spider decides to span its web across a road. If I see it in time (before driving through it) I always stop and show this fascinating creature and its ‘hunting tool’ to my guests. Once we had a good look I ‘cut’ the anchor line and the base line of the web.
The spider, now hanging with his web material from one tree only, eats up the remaining silk to preserve the protein for its next night’s web-building.
Two days ago we did a short night drive and we saw Spotted Eagle Owls, a White-faced Owl, Side-striped Jackals, a Bush-Baby (Brown Thick-tailed Galagos), a White-tailed Mongoose and a few Bark Spiders, who build every evening precision-webs to catch prey during the night.
The next morning they eat their own webs to preserve the protein for the coming night’s master-building session 😊