This green lynx spider is the mother of the baby spiderlings whose picture is posted below. She has captured a wasp (golden polistes I think) for a much deserved meal after weeks of tending her egg sac. These wasps cruise the shrubbery in search of caterpillars with which to provision their nests. This one has met a different fate.
So we could have a fine drama of two noble predators--one hungry and selfless spider who has waited for weeks for the opportunity to feed, the other an industrious wasp doing "good" work ridding the garden of caterpillars--all played out in a small bush somewhere in Tustin. That is if we were willing to anthropomorphise.
Did I mention these spiders display parenting behaviors? The mother first lays down a sheet of silk, then lays the egg mass in it and wraps more silk around to form the sac. She then hovers over the sac until the babies hatch. I'm collecting data on how long this whole process takes in my area: from mating to hatch and beyond. Yes beyond, because the mother hangs around after the eggs hatch, standing guard over her tiny offspring.
I have never observed the green lynx mother feeding the young spiders; actually I can't definitively say I have ever seen them eat.