This evening though, I found a dew drop spider (Argyrodes sp.) feeding on the carcass of an Argiope female. The Argiope had molted earlier in the day. Did the dewdrop spider attack and kill the Argiope before its exoskeleton hardened? Or did the Argiope die from a failed molt and the dewdrop simply took advantage? I wish I had witnessed the whole event so I would know the answer.
|Dew drop spider on the bottom. Her fangs embedded in the face of the Argiope. Molt on top.|
|Close-up of the dew drop spider feeding on an Argiope female|