A beekeeper has captured a grisly fight to the death between his insects and an opportunist fishing spider.
He filmed as one of the huge arachnids, probably 10 times the size of its intended prey, sat above one of his hives looking to pick off one of the bees.
Sometimes called a ‘fishing spider’, the eight-legged creature , from the Dolomedes genus, are usually semi-aquatic.
They tend to prey on small insects and amphibians close, or in, water, but are also opportunistic hunters.In this case the spider was spotted on top of a hive, a regular occurrence, according to fastbees.net.
Filmed in Washington, USA, the four-minute video shows the large spider closing in on one of the unsuspecting bees.
But, in a moment that could have been taken from the latest series of Planet Earth , the tables are turned and sensing the spider’s movement, the bees turn on it.
Within seconds, dozens of the bees surround it, stinging the spider in order to paralyse it.It can be seen trying desperately to get away but the weight and number of bees overwhelms the unfortunate mini beast.Eventually, the spider appears to have been killed by the sheer volume of stings to its body.
The video was posted on YouTube by user Zaur Man, with the caption: “When a fishing spider gets a bit handsy with a bee colony, things take a deadly turn. Because nature is harsh and cruel.”
Dolomedes are found across north America, Europe and in New Zealand.