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May 04, 2019 00:38 |  #1

Spotted this little male crab spider in a Euphorbia flowerhead in the garden. Not seen it before. Think it's Xysticus audax rather than Xysticus cristatus I normally see. Turns out A new crab spider in the garden. Not seen this one before- I think it is a male Xysticus audax. Turns out It's a male Misumena vatia . Found in a Euphorbia flower head

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May 04, 2019 05:37 |  #2

Awesome and unfortunately horrifying for me as I witnessed a beautiful Bumblebee put to death by an equally beautiful Crab Spider the other day.
Everywhere I look these days its Game of Thrones! I just can't take any more... :cry:


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May 05, 2019 00:20 |  #3

Snowyman wrote in post #18855918 (external link)
Awesome and unfortunately horrifying for me as I witnessed a beautiful Bumblebee put to death by an equally beautiful Crab Spider the other day.
Everywhere I look these days its Game of Thrones! I just can't take any more... :cry:

Thanks Snowy - The bug kingdom has always been worse than game of thrones for deceit, sex, killing and cruelty - one of the reasons it's so interesting :)

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May 10, 2019 09:59 |  #4

Great shots. As to the predatory nature of Crab Spiders, their venom must be like an instant electric shock to the prey. There is no way a little spider could hold a struggling Bumblebee if the venom was slow acting. I watched an adult female P. Audax wander into a Black Widow web. When the Widow bit her, her legs all went straight instantly. I've got a photo of it, but sadly it's not clear enough to share in a forum like this.




  
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May 11, 2019 00:20 |  #5

Terry McDaniel wrote in post #18859315 (external link)
Great shots. As to the predatory nature of Crab Spiders, their venom must be like an instant electric shock to the prey. There is no way a little spider could hold a struggling Bumblebee if the venom was slow acting. I watched an adult female P. Audax wander into a Black Widow web. When the Widow bit her, her legs all went straight instantly. I've got a photo of it, but sadly it's not clear enough to share in a forum like this.

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May 24, 2019 12:11 |  #6

Lovely shots and nice looking spider.

Spider ID can be a bit hit and miss I find.


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May 25, 2019 00:15 |  #7

Lester Wareham wrote in post #18866681 (external link)
Lovely shots and nice looking spider.

Spider ID can be a bit hit and miss I find.

Thanks Lester - yes but I do have a pretty good book on british spiders. Just looked in the wrong place :)

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