Flower spider and a nice catch – Kukkahämähäkki saalistaa

Flower spiders (also called crab spiders, Misumena vatia) hunt by ambushing the catch in the flower. They hit when the right type of insect comes close enough. Flower spiders have the ability to change the color from white to bright yellow and back, merging them well with the flower.

Here is a series of pictures, where a white female (which are twice as long – 10 mm – as males) flower spider catches a hoverfly (Syrphidae) in a wood cranesbill (Geranium sylvaticum),  and carries it to a safe place to enjoy the meal.

These pictures I discoveries from my digital archive. I took them in southern Finland with my first good quality compact camera, Canon G1, in June 2003.

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Kuvasarja näyttää, kuinka metsäkurjenpolvessa kyttäävä kukkahämähäkki pyydystää kukkakärpäsen ja kuljettaa sen johonkin sopivaan piiloon nautittavaksi.

Kuvat ovat löytöjä digiarkistostani. Otin ne Mäntsälässä ensimmäisellä hyvälaatuisella taskukamerallani Canon G1:llä kesäkuussa 2003.

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About Olli Laasanen

Eyes and ears open. New and old. Jobs and hobbies. Pictures and music. Entertaining and serious. Change and stability. Nature and urban.
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7 Responses to Flower spider and a nice catch – Kukkahämähäkki saalistaa

  1. Great captures – yours and her’s.

  2. paperphoto says:

    Tuo on jokin pistiäinen. Hieno kuvasarja.

  3. dunelight says:

    That is an amazing series. Very nice.

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