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crab spider

Misumena vatia


The common crab spider lies hidden in flowers, waiting for a prey to come by. Adopting the flower's colour (mostly white or yellow), it becomes totally invisible. Only the female changes colour; the male, which is much smaller, remains brown. Approaching is female is a very risky business for him: the result may be fatal (photo 4).


Common in Europe.

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Gif-sur-Yvette, Île-de-France, Tromelin Island

Spotted on May 17, 2006
Submitted on Feb 20, 2012

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