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Spider crab

Misumena vatia


Crab spider preying on a less fortunate Maniola jurtina. These spiders may be yellow or white, depending on the flower in which they are hunting. Especially younger females, which may hunt on a variety of flowers such as daisies and sunflowers, may change color "at will".


Prairie. Molenbeek, Erps-Kwerps.

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The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Thanks James, Madalena and the rest :-)

James McNair
James McNair 7 years ago

Fantastic images, poor moth!

mendes.madalena 7 years ago

This is very cool!

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Thanks, Caleb! :-)

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

great educational photo, way to catch the hunting habits of spider crabs!

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Thank you Satyen! :-)

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Lovely catch Marta :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Thank for the nice comments :-)
I was lucky I noticed it just when I was making pictures of the orchids nearby :-)

SG in CR
SG in CR 7 years ago

Nice series. This is one of those scenes I've wanted to capture and have never had a camera around the couple times I've seen it happen. You captured it really well.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 7 years ago

What a spotting, Marta. The white of the spider's reproduced so truly. And even the poor skipper's caught so sharply, for a moment I took it that the white spider's under it! Congrats, Marta.

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Many thanks for appreciating it, Neil! :-)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

What an amazing spider, and excellent spotting. Very nice, Marta.

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Thanks Suz! I indeed found it by chance while I was looking at the orchids in the area :-)

suzmonk 7 years ago

Hard to watch scenes like this sometimes ... but what a lucky find. Good job.

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Thanks guys! I found it a cool moment although I could not help but feel pity for the butterfly..but hey, the spider needs to eat too! :-)

dominique.eghlidi 7 years ago

Phenomenal spotting, Marta!

beaker98 7 years ago

Great series Marta!

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 7 years ago

Wow! That is a wicked looking spider! Wonderful photos, Marta.

The MnMs
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Vlaanderen, Belgium

Spotted on Jun 15, 2014
Submitted on Aug 16, 2014

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