Bird trapped in spider web; rare picture captured from Vagamon
Thiruvananthapuram: It is common to see spiders trapping insects in their web. But some spiders take the art to the next level by trapping even small birds. However, birds are rarely spotted trapped in spider webs. Such a rare picture has been captured by photographer Nishanth Neelayi.
Nishanth captured the picture of a brown-breasted flycatcher bird trapped in the net of a Nephila pilipes spider. He clicked the photo from near Uluppuni waterfalls at Vagamon on December 21. Kasaragod native Nishanth is an employee at National Centre for Earth Science Studies in Thiruvananthapuram.
Nephila spiders are found all over the world. The male spiders of this species are 2-4 millimetres in size while the females are ten times bigger than them. The female spiders make the web and catch prey. The webs have a diameter of upto 50 centimetres to one metre.
Nephila spider kills its prey trapped in the web by injecting a venom. However, this venom is not lethal to kill humans, said Dr Sainudeen Pattazhi, a zoology professor at Kerala University.
A forester had said that a sparrow was found trapped in the spider web at Aralam wildlife sanctuary about 10 years ago, said Dr Jafar Palott, a noted birdwatcher and scientist at Pune Zoological Survey of India.