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Crab Spider kills Bumble Bee
Goldenrod crab spider Misumena vatia is a species of crab spider with holarctic distribution. In North America, where it the largest and most well-known flower spider, it is called the Goldenrod crab spider, because it is commonly found hunting in Goldenrod sprays in the autumn.

Females can grow up to 10mm (without legs), males reach 5mm at most.

Young females in the early summer may be quite small and easily overlooked. 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" (aggressive mimicry). Older females require large amounts of relatively large prey to produce the best possible clutch of eggs. They are, therefore, in North America most commonly found in Goldenrod (Solidago sp.), a bright yellow flower which attracts large numbers of insects, especially in autumn. It is often very hard even for a searching human to recognize one of these spiders on a yellow flower.

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kelsterInteresting!!

kelster

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Normally, these kinds of things gross me out, but it drew my attention and is very interesting. Nice shot!
Posted Jun 10, 2007 7:09 pm

IGORe: Interesting!!

IGO

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I see these kind of things as a bonus just as you do.
Posted Sep 29, 2007 7:25 pm

rayrayNice!!!!!

rayray

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Great photo!! Right place at the right time (not the bumble bee!).
Posted Jun 10, 2007 10:27 pm

Anya JingleGood catch!

Anya Jingle

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Great photo Bazz. Congratulations!
Posted Jun 11, 2007 1:13 am

camerona91Nice!

camerona91

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Wow, what timing on that picture. Great shot!
Posted Jun 11, 2007 2:27 am

banzai.barbaracongaratulations bazZ...

Voted 10/10

this shot is amazing.
you must be some kind of magician to make spiders and little insects look so beautiful...
;-)

Posted Jun 11, 2007 7:04 am

poice2004Congratulations!!!

poice2004

Voted 10/10

Another unusual photo.
Posted Jun 11, 2007 8:47 am

BobSmithWow.

BobSmith

Voted 10/10

Stunning photo.
Posted Jun 11, 2007 12:38 pm

butitsadryheatCool!!!

butitsadryheat

Voted 10/10

Nice detail in the photo. What a brutal world that bee lives (or lived) in.
Posted Jun 11, 2007 1:25 pm

BazZRe: Cool!!!

BazZ

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He was still living when I took the picture. I presume he will not Bee anymore.
Posted Jun 11, 2007 1:29 pm

Lodewijk!!!!

Lodewijk

Voted 10/10

Hee Bas,vette foto man! Gefeliciteerd met 'photo of the day'!
Mzzl greets Lo
Posted Jun 11, 2007 2:03 pm

BazZRe: !!!!

BazZ

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Ja bedankt, gewoon om de hoek genomen. Geen berg nodig om bij summitpost photo van de dag te worden ;)

Greetz Bas
Posted Jun 11, 2007 2:15 pm

BazZRe: !!!!

BazZ

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Maar ik vertrek over 3 dagen naar de Dolemieten en Oost Tirool voor 3 weken dus dan hoop ik een stuk of 1000 foto's van echte bergen te plaatsen LOL.....

groeten
Posted Jun 13, 2007 11:34 am

LodewijkRe: !!!!

Lodewijk

Voted 10/10

haha daar hou ik je aan!Ben benieuw, dat zullen weer een hoop mooie plaatjes`worden! Ik moet nog een maandje wachten, dan ga ik op 'éurotrip' met vrienden en ga o.a. langs slovenie, italiaanse alpen en zwitserland! worden er ook wel stuk of duizend ja haha, mzzl lo
Posted Jun 14, 2007 10:03 am

VladislavWhat a find!

Vladislav

Voted 10/10

Congratulations! I missed this photo when it just appeared.
Vlad.
Posted Jul 22, 2007 6:59 pm

turanGreat Shot!

turan

Voted 10/10

Great timing, great shot! Congudulations!
Posted Sep 6, 2007 5:09 am

Karl HelserEeeek!

Karl Helser

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Gives me the shiverssssssss..............
Posted Oct 19, 2007 11:54 pm

Mark StraubExcellent action shot!

Mark Straub

Voted 10/10

You show this with such clarity and action captured in a single moment. I love this photo!
-Mark
Posted Jan 4, 2008 8:19 pm

dai toraBeautiful

dai tora

Voted 10/10

very beautiful work.
artistic and for the science.
Posted Sep 14, 2008 3:39 am

Pack AddictWicked Good!

Pack Addict

Voted 10/10

very fine detail. great pix
Posted Dec 18, 2008 11:57 pm

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on Jun 10, 2007 3:02 pm

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