Amadan's picture

Who's eating whom?

Observed: 1st July 2013 By: AmadanAmadan’s reputation in InvertebratesAmadan’s reputation in InvertebratesAmadan’s reputation in InvertebratesAmadan’s reputation in Invertebrates

I'd add this as an interaction if I was sure. From the folded legs of the Cantharis rustica, I'd say that was the victim. Can anyone name the spider and/or confirm the relationship?

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Soldier Beetle (Cantharis) interacts


Wildlife Ranger's picture

Carnivorous diet Cantharis

Catharis prey on other flower-feeding insects so it is a distinct possibility that its out for its dinning out see this shot of Cantharis at lunch

Best Wishes


grant burleigh's picture

The spider

My best guess is that the spider is a pale form of the comb-footed spider Enoplognatha ovata. However, I haven't seen an image of this species from the underside and I am assuming that your individual has more eyes than are obvious here.

Alan Thornhill's picture


I think Grant's right but as Cantharis has gone in as the ID I don't want to add a spider one.

Amadan's picture

It was the spider

that I wanted to identify if possible - I obviously didn't make myself clear in the notes in the original post.
Many thanks to both for the arachnid identification and the further comment: please feel free to add it formally, sticking to genus if applicable.

mattprince1969's picture

and e.latimana can't be ruled

and e.latimana can't be ruled out ..

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