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An Epic Battle

As we were sitting on the porch one evening recently, Lizard pointed out an epic battle happening right in front of us in the grass next to the pond.  A large garden spider and a red wasp were fighting to the death.  Lizard and I watched, glued to the action.  The spider was certainly bigger, but which way would the fight go?

Bear happened to walk by as Lizard and I were mesmerized by the action.

“What are you looking at?” she inquired.

I pointed to the wasp and spider, and Lizard piped in, “They’re fighting!”

“Woah, cool!”  Bear was sucked in.

“Quick!” I said to Bear, “Run in and get my camera.  It’s on the bookcase.”

A Victor Emerges

During the 6 seconds it took Bear to bring my camera outside, the battle was decided.  We watched the victor begin to drag the spoils of war off, presumably to consume in the near future.  

About that time, Andrew walked up to ask for some help.  He noticed that we were all focused on something in the grass.  Of course, he too wanted to know what we were doing.  We told him all about the battle that we had just witnessed.  We were still enthralled by the helpless victim being carried off the battlefield by his ruthless foe!  Watch what happens next:

A New Victor Emerges

Yes, that’s my husband’s big boot.  He was mad at the wasp for killing “his” spider.  “I like those spiders!  That wasp killed my spider!”

Now, if you know me very well, you also know that I have an irrational fear of wasps.  Those things are out to get me.  They leave everyone else alone, but they incessantly buzz toward my head…stingers at the ready!  So, I was rather amused to see the wasp meet his untimely demise…even if it did end our show a bit prematurely.  The kids were a little upset at first, but were quickly consoled by watching the video approximately 584 times in quick succession.  So, how could I possibly keep this little gem to ourselves?  Enjoy!


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9 thoughts on “An Epic Battle Comes to an End

    • Ugh, yes! This time of year is horrible for the wasps. My husband gets stung and barely seems to notice. My kids and I though, we notice a lot! I’m not a fan of wasps…spheksophobia, I believe it is called. But, watching it drag that spider around was fascinating…and it was far too preoccupied to be coming after me! Lol.

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  1. Oh gosh, I get nervous with bees buzzing around me. I think a wasp would push me over the edge!! And I’m with your husband. I would kill a wasp over a spider. Spiders at least spin webs and catch insects. What do wasps do for us? I’m sure they do something, but unlike bees they don’t even provide us with honey! Do they help pollinate? I have no idea what they do! Except sting us and terrorize us.
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