A cruel moment when a spider rips off the head of a living wasp trapped in its web
- Sylvia Werrett from Birmingham watched a spider tear off the head of a living wasp's head
- Mrs. Werrett's eldest son, Ethan, saw the fight when he was playing with his two brothers
- The footage recorded by the 42-year-old mother shows the wasp entangled in the net
One family was shocked to see a spider catch a wasp in its web and tear off its head while the insect was still alive.
Sylvia Werrett, from Birmingham, said her eldest son Ethan was playing with his two brothers when he called out that he had found a wasp trapped in a spider web.
The 42-year-old mother gathered with her three sons to watch the gruesome spectacle in which a small spider killed a large wasp and tore its head off.
In video footage of the unreal scene, the live wasp clings to the thin web while the spider tries to kill the helpless insect.
Sylvia Werrett from Birmingham was stunned to see a tiny spider tear off a wasp's head while the insect was still alive
The 42-year-old mother watched the gruesome fight with her three sons after her eldest son Ethan discovered the wasp trapped in the net
According to a son of Mrs. Werrett, the wasp's legs twitch as it battles the spider, which is "literally trying to tear its head off".
Another of her sons says "this is really cool" as they film the seldom seen moment.
The arachnid, which looks like a spider spider, balances on its finely constructed web as it uses all its might to break the insect's neck.
The wasp, which usually measures about an inch, is eventually defeated when the spider kills the insect in a gastrointestinal attack.
Mrs. Werrett's sons all shout and scream as the wasp continues to fall in the web, but the spider continues to viciously nibble on the dead insect.
You hear a person say, “Oh! I think that was the head. & # 39;
Another person jokes that "it's almost headless Nick," referring to the famous ghost featured in JK Rowling's Harry Potter books.
At the end of the video, the spider pulls back to the window and lets its dead prey hang in the web.
In the brutal video, the wasp's legs twitch as it tries to fight the spider, but it eventually loses the fight when the arachnid breaks its neck
Ms. Werrett said the gruesome scene was a brutal "learning experience" for her three sons about nature, adding that they thought the wasp would break free first
Speaking of the scene, Mrs. Werrett said, “At first we thought she would break free because the spider was not very big and the wasp kept fighting, but the spider did not give up and eventually defeated the wasp. It was a bit of a David and Goliath moment and since neither of us are really big wasp fans, we were all on the spider's side.
& # 39; Though fascinating, it was quite gross to see; especially when the head was peeled off but it's all part of nature and it was an interesting (if brutal) learning experience for the boys.
“I'm glad I packed my phone to record a video. It's one of those just need to be happy moments, and I'm sure nature lovers will be interested in being a part of it. & # 39;
Some spiders, including the yellow garden spider, are predators of wasps and often trap the insects in their webs as a tasty snack.
Most spiders that catch their prey on a web can both catch and eat wasps.
The spider wasp is one of the few species of wasps that hunt arachnids, with most preying on them instead.
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