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