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Thomisus Crab Spider

Thomisus iswadus

Description:

A yellow flower crab spider lying in wait on a yellow alder plant (Turnera ulmifolia) to ambush insects. This spotting looks a lot like Thomisus onustus (Walckenaer, 1805), which has a Palearctic distribution from Great Britain and Portugal in the West to Japan in the East (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomisus_on...). Named after the posterior view of abdomen projected outwards (in Tagalog "iswad"), this is Thomisus iswadus Barrion & Litsinger, 1995.

Habitat:

Spotted in Biñan Laguna, Philippines. Backyard garden.

Notes:

IDd before as Thomisus okinawensis Reference: http://books.google.com.ph/books?id=AugA... http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/ac...

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6 Comments

Yes, Arvin. It blends well with the yellow flower. Although, I've only witnessed its kind capture flies. Never seen other preys captured yet.

ArvinMemaphu
ArvinMemaphu 8 years ago

nice spotting. I think they love the yellow flower for camouflage purposes?
and they love bees esp. honey bee?

i have the same spotting (pix 2)
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/130...

Thank you Jolly.

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 8 years ago

Beautiful spotting Agnes.

Yellow on yellow. :) Thanks Alice.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Really blends well!

Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Sep 25, 2012
Submitted on Oct 1, 2012

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