Once upon a time there was a very beautiful Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) butterfly flitting about John’s garden, flitting left, flitting right, enjoying the varieties of nectar that John had so lovingly provided for it. John loved to watch the Swallowtail and its cousins moving from flower to flower.
The beastly spider had grown over the summer to three inches tip to tip by feeding on the ants and flies and mosquitoes and other delicacies in John’s garden. This was one big spider…and it was really hungry.
Alas, our beautiful Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, unaware of the danger that lurked in its path, made an illadvised flit when heading for the lantana and was caught in the web.
The author of this sad tale did not see the struggle of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail to extract itself from the web. For sure there was a massive struggle; this was a TIGER Swallowtail. Another alas. The web was just too strong for our beautiful butterfly.
The author also did not see the mean spider enjoying its lunch, but the next day he did see a bloated, happy Writing Spider resting on the edge of this very same web.
And there was no longer an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.