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Crab spider

Synema globosum


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.


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".


Not knowing anything about these spiders, I managed to identify it thanks to this page on Noah project; so thanks everybody who participated in it.

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1 Comment

Jopy 6 years ago

Napoleon spider :) odlicna!

Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

Rhône-Alpes, Tromelin Island

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


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