Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Munch, Munch

Gigantic black Spider Wasps, (family Pompilidae), genus Anopliu - or Psorthaspis (P. brimleyi) hang around the studio doors, very hyperactive. Now and then, I see one dragging a giant black spider across the floor or up the walls. The spider is on its back, apparently paralyzed. I learn that the wasp is a female, a loner. She'll bring the spider into her nest, lay an egg on top of it. When the larvae hatch, there's dinner. Biodiversity, very specific.

It is only a conceit to think of ourselves at the top of the food chain? Or is something larger, smarter, brighter and hungrier out there waiting?