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White-Banded Crab Spider

Misumenoides formosipes

Habitat:

Woodland habitat

Notes:

This crab spider had some wanted/unwanted guests. I couldn't tell if this was a symbiotic relationship of not. Wish I could have gotten the photo with the fly on its nose sharp:( Funny though:)

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8 Comments

beaker98
beaker98 8 years ago

Thanks Aaron:) It was an interesting find.

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 8 years ago

I love photo #3.

beaker98
beaker98 8 years ago

Thanks for commenting Marta, Hema Shah, Sckel, and Rob! Hema Shah, that's exactly what I was thinking. Thank you for your insight Sckel, on the kleptoparasites flies. I found a study linking these flies to crab spiders in the fact that they may both attracted to pheromones of true bugs. I didn't fully understand it the first time through, but will try and read it again to make some sense out of it:)

RobThacker
RobThacker 8 years ago

Awesome shots Bill

Sckel
Sckel 8 years ago

these are kleptoparasites flies; maybe Milichiidae

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago

maybe a clean up crew? Eating the leftovers?

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Strange flies! going right into the spiders mouth...suicidal!? naive? :-)

beaker98
beaker98 8 years ago

Thanks magazhu! I'm a bit of a pixel peeper, and that can be a hindrance, that's for sure:)

beaker98
Spotted by
beaker98

Geneseo, Illinois, USA

Spotted on Aug 21, 2014
Submitted on Aug 23, 2014

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