Here's A 100-Million-Year-Old Spider Eating A Wasp

When dinosaurs were still around 100 million years ago, this spider captured a wasp in its web. The wasp was going to be the spider's dinner. At that exact moment — 100 freaking years ago — tree resin flowed over on top of them and froze the two bugs in time for us to see now.

It's pretty unbelievable. George Poinar Jr, a zoology professor at Oregon State University, explains:

"This was a male wasp that suddenly found itself trapped in a spider web. This was the wasp's worst nightmare, and it never ended. The wasp was watching the spider just as it was about to be attacked, when tree resin flowed over and captured both of them."

The amber that holds the two bugs also contains 15 strands of spider silk and was excavated in a Burmese mine. Researchers say the amber dates back to the early cretaceous period, some 97 million to 110 million years ago. It's the first fossil evidence of a spider attack.

What's hilariously poetic about this picture is that the wasp in the amber (Cascoscelio incassus) was known to parasitise spider eggs. It probably tasted like sweet revenge to the spider. Awesome. Sadly, both the spider and wasp species are now extinct. [Discovery]


Comments

    "moment — 100 freaking years ago — tree" So is it 100 years ago or 100 million years ago? The article is confusing.

      "Freaking" must be how all the cool kids are saying "million" now days! ;)

      "Who Wants To Be A Freaking-aire?"

      Did you read the headline, or the other references to its age at all..?

      I'm pretty sure dinosaurs weren't wandering around 100 years ago, nor was 100 years ago part of the cretaceous period. I'm worried about your confusion, brain tumors can cause this.

    From what I have observed in my backyard it was more likely the wasp had paralised the spider and was carrying it up the tree. At least that's what the wasps do to the big huntsmans 'round here.

      I don't think so. Once spiders are paralyzed, their legs arrange into a position where they all point in the same direction. This spider looks like it's in an almost natural stance... Besides it's other leg being completely amputated lol.

    Its more expected than sad, a species then had an average existence rate of 5-10 million years...

    I sometimes wonder how some of these animals get stuck in amber. The wasp, fair enough - it was stuck in a web. Mosquitoes and flies are understandable as they can land on the sap thinking it were solid and get stuck. But what's the spider's excuse? Did he not see the sap flowing toward them and think "ooh, sticky, better scurry away", or does sap flow a lot quicker than I imagine?

    When a landslide comes to a halt do people check the contents and say " look how these people, cars, trees, boulders all huddled together before the mud encased them".
    Think about it.

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