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A Crab Spider And A Honey Bee - Giada Ottone


Name:
Giada Ottone

Country:
Italy

Web:
www.idipintidigiada.blogspot.it

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Title:
A Crab Spider And A Honey Bee

Species:
Misumena Vatia

Description:
I observed this Thomisidae in Northern Italy, in the summer. The Thomisidae do not weave spider webs to capture their prey, but they are hunters who lurk in the flower corollas, and then shoot and bite the insects that come to feed on the nectar. This Female specimen in particular was about 6-7 mm long, but was perfectly able to kill this honey bee. The spider was white, apparently in contrast to the petaloid sepals of Clematis, but it camouflages perfectly in the whitish center of the flower, within which it was hidden.

Category:
Nature illustration

Technique:
Colored pencils on paper

Year:
2017