Wasp vs. Lizard: An Epic Battle in Photos

You're sitting in your backyard, sipping a coffee or beer, utterly unaware that nature is surrounding you with tenacious drama along the food chain.

Photographer Barry Sigman noticed one such epic battle Sunday, when a lizard and a wasp faced off over who would get to enjoy the great feast of a dead dragonfly.

Wasp vs. Lizard: An Epic Battle in Photos
Photos by Barry Sigman

6. Uh-oh "Got this great juicy dragonfly, taking it back to my lizard lair, getting ready to -- what the hell? Back off, dude, it's mine."

Wasp vs. Lizard: An Epic Battle in Photos

5. The body shield Defensive move by the lizard -- makes a u-turn to put his body between the wasp and the prize. Good boxing-out technique.

Wasp vs. Lizard: An Epic Battle in Photos

4. "You forget I can fly, lizard" Boxing out doesn't work too well when your opponent can soar over you. Another big turn for the lizard, but he's trapped.

Wasp vs. Lizard: An Epic Battle in Photos

3. On like Donkey Kong It's go time. Wasp and lizard grab an end of the dragonfly, and the battle begins.  

Wasp vs. Lizard: An Epic Battle in Photos

2. Got a piece of the wishbone The wasp succeeds in gnawing off a good-sized chunk, much to the dismay of the lizard, who looks like he can't believe this turn of events.

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1. A look of pure hatred If looks could kill, this wasp would be dead. Too bad the lizard's not one of those toads with the spitting-poison eyeballs.


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