Today a daddy-long-legs captured a blowfly on my windowpane, and succeeded in tying it up into a little ball, although it was twice as big as the spider.
The blowfly landed on its web, and buzzed like anything all through the procedure of being tied up.
The spider used two legs to twirl the fly round and round, two legs to keep it connected to the fly, and the remainder of the legs to keep it standing. It twirled and twirled for about ten minutes, while the fly was gradually reduced to a small bundle. Then the spider zeroed in on it, and grasped it with its mandibles – whether to poison it or eat it I don’t know.
I left it and came back two hours later. There was no sign of either the spider or the fly on the window-pane. Perhaps somewhere hidden on the frame