A Crab Spider And A Honey Bee - Giada Ottone
A Crab Spider And A Honey Bee
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.
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