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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kelster

kelster - Jun 10, 2007 7:09 pm - Voted 10/10

Interesting!!

Normally, these kinds of things gross me out, but it drew my attention and is very interesting. Nice shot!

IGO

IGO - Sep 29, 2007 7:25 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Interesting!!

I see these kind of things as a bonus just as you do.

rayray

rayray - Jun 10, 2007 10:27 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice!!!!!

Great photo!! Right place at the right time (not the bumble bee!).

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Jun 11, 2007 1:13 am - Voted 10/10

Good catch!

Great photo Bazz. Congratulations!

camerona91

camerona91 - Jun 11, 2007 2:27 am - Voted 10/10

Nice!

Wow, what timing on that picture. Great shot!

banzai.barbara - Jun 11, 2007 7:04 am - Voted 10/10

congaratulations bazZ...

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

poice2004

poice2004 - Jun 11, 2007 8:47 am - Voted 10/10

Congratulations!!!

Another unusual photo.

BobSmith

BobSmith - Jun 11, 2007 12:38 pm - Voted 10/10

Wow.

Stunning photo.

butitsadryheat

butitsadryheat - Jun 11, 2007 1:25 pm - Voted 10/10

Cool!!!

Nice detail in the photo. What a brutal world that bee lives (or lived) in.

BazZ

BazZ - Jun 11, 2007 1:29 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Cool!!!

He was still living when I took the picture. I presume he will not Bee anymore.

Lodewijk

Lodewijk - Jun 11, 2007 2:03 pm - Voted 10/10

!!!!

Hee Bas,vette foto man! Gefeliciteerd met 'photo of the day'!
Mzzl greets Lo

BazZ

BazZ - Jun 11, 2007 2:15 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: !!!!

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

Greetz Bas

BazZ

BazZ - Jun 13, 2007 11:34 am - Hasn't voted

Re: !!!!

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

Lodewijk

Lodewijk - Jun 14, 2007 10:03 am - Voted 10/10

Re: !!!!

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

Vladislav

Vladislav - Jul 22, 2007 6:59 pm - Voted 10/10

What a find!

Congratulations! I missed this photo when it just appeared.
Vlad.

turan

turan - Sep 6, 2007 5:09 am - Voted 10/10

Great Shot!

Great timing, great shot! Congudulations!

Karl Helser

Karl Helser - Oct 19, 2007 11:54 pm - Hasn't voted

Eeeek!

Gives me the shiverssssssss..............

Mark Straub

Mark Straub - Jan 4, 2008 8:19 pm - Voted 10/10

Excellent action shot!

You show this with such clarity and action captured in a single moment. I love this photo!
-Mark

dai tora

dai tora - Sep 14, 2008 3:39 am - Voted 10/10

Beautiful

very beautiful work.
artistic and for the science.

Pack Addict

Pack Addict - Dec 18, 2008 11:57 pm - Voted 10/10

Wicked Good!

very fine detail. great pix

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