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Crab spider; Araña Napoleón

Synaema globosum


The adult males reach 2–4 millimetres of length, females are 7–8 millimetres long. They can mostly be encountered from May through August on flowering plants (especially yellow or red Apiaceae species), waiting for their preys. The two pairs of the front legs, used for hunting the flower-feeding insects, are more developed than the rear ones, which have a predominant motor function. The main peculiarity of this species is the basic coloration of the abdomen, that can be red, orange, yellow or white, with a black pattern. Prosoma and legs are black or dark brown. These spiders do not make a web, but actively hunt their preys.


Spotted on a rockrose flower (Cistus ladanifer). Holm oak forest


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/60 sec.; f/32; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 90.0 mm.

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arlanda 9 years ago

Thanks RobThacker

RobThacker 9 years ago

Nice spider, thank you Arlanda

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Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain

Spotted on Apr 23, 2014
Submitted on May 5, 2014

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