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Whitebanded crab spider vs. Carpenter bee (male)

Misumenoides formosipes / Xylocopa sp


This small crab spider was waiting on a beebalm flower ready to ambush any unsuspecting insect that landed there. Unfortunately for her, this bee was rather more than she bargained for & after a quick approach she made an even quicker retreat!


Semi rural wildlife habitat.

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KarenL 5 years ago

Thanks Ashish, Ann & Juan! The bee lived to flight another day - I think the spider realized he was out of her league!

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 5 years ago

Wao!, this is an amazing picture. I almost feel bad for the bee... by the way, the bee is a Carpenter Bee male (Xylocopa sp.)

AnnvanWijgerden 5 years ago

Haha, great story! Excellent photography!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 5 years ago

Wow... perfect spotting for a Milestone... Karen... You have presented true part of web of life on this planet. A struggle for fate.... Both need to fulfill their hunger....Nice action caught...

KarenL 5 years ago

Thanks Jeannette!

Jeannette 5 years ago

Nice series :)

Franklin, Tennessee, USA

Lat: 35.92, Long: -86.85

Spotted on Sep 15, 2012
Submitted on Sep 16, 2012

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