Macrophotograph of a crab spider, Misumena vatia

Macrophotograph of a crab spider, Misumena vatia

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Crab spider. Macrophotograph of a crab spider, Misumena vatia, inside the pink flower of Sidalcea malviflora. Crab spiders lurk in flowers and are so-called because they move sideways to align themselves with approaching prey. They do not spin webs, but use silk (visible above spider) as an anchor line and for climbing. Standing motionless with front legs apart, they wait until the prey is close, then grab it and inject a lethal poison. They can kill insects as big as bumblebees, and are often taken for a short flight before crash- landing and then sucking out the contents of the prey's body. Crab spiders can adapt to the colours of some flowers. Magnification: x1.4 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: animal, arachnida, crab, crab spider, flower, in flower, invertebrates, misumena vatia, nature, sidalcea malvifl, sidalcea malviflora, spider, type, wildlife, zoology

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