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Crab Spider

Misumena vatia


Common spider in the South of England. 8-10mm long. Usually white, cream or pale green. Feeds on insects by pouncing on them. This species is able to change colour over several days to match the flowers they are sitting on.


Seen between April and September this spider is usually found on yellow or white flowers.


In the photos the crab spider has caught a fly slightly bigger that itself and had it's jaws clamped around the fly's neck. The spider was also greener than the picture shows.

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KarenL 7 years ago

Please also consider adding this to the new Spiders of the British Isles mission

KarenL 8 years ago

Great capture Rachel! You might like to add this to some more missions - Arthropod Interactions, & Hunters & Animal Food Habits are two that spring to mind.

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England, United Kingdom

Spotted on May 12, 2012
Submitted on May 12, 2012


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