Crab Spider

This relatively attractive (for a spider!) Crab Spider, so called because it walks sideways like a crab, does not build a web but instead sits on top a flower waiting for a pollinating insect to arrive. 

Sometimes, like the one I photographed today eating a large blowfly, they manage to catch a whole week’s worth of food all in one go!   They always choose a white or pale flower to sit on and then take on the exact hue of the petals to perfect their camouflage. 

This creamy coloured individual closely matches the flowerhead of the Alexanders plant it has made its home on, but they can also be pure white, or a delicate shade of pink or lilac!  Later in the spring they can be found on flowers such as ox-eye daisy and valerian waiting to ambush their prey.

Ralph

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