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Crab spider

Synema globosum

Description:

Synema globosum is a species of 'crab spiders' belonging to the family Thomisidae. This one, judging by its size (a bit less than 1 cm) was a female - males seems to be half that size. Large yellow (it could also be red, orange or white) abdomen with a characteristic "napoleon" black pattern on it. Two pairs of front legs more developed than the hind ones.

Habitat:

Near the road, in an "island" of bushy ornamental vegetation. As seen on first three photos, it lays calmly on the flower waiting in ambush for prey - the prey, actually, almost came on its own to this predator, like a sheep. Spider moved a bit, not even too fast and came up with it. Pictures 4 to 6, it is now calmly consuming it, surrounded by the rest of the "herd".

Notes:

Not knowing anything about these spiders, I managed to identify it thanks to this page on Noah project; http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/517... so thanks everybody who participated in it.

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1 Comment

Jopy
Jopy 6 years ago

Napoleon spider :) odlicna!

Zlatan Celebic
Spotted by
Zlatan Celebic

Rhône-Alpes, Tromelin Island

Spotted on Jun 12, 2015
Submitted on Jun 12, 2015

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