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Crab spider (Misumena vatia) which somehow found itself on our car bonnet #Crab #spider #Misumena #vatia

Цветочный паук (Misumena vatia) поймал наездника (Gasteruptiidae). Паук может менять свою окраску в зависимости от окраски цветка на котором обитает.

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Why 'crab spider'? Crab spiders are so-named because they walk sideways and their front two pairs of legs are longer than the others giving them a crab-like appearance. They don't make webs, instead they hide in a flower waiting for #insects to come along looking for #nectar. Once they are within striking distance they attack and kill their prey with a deadly bite.

The crab spider, #Misumena vatia, comes in various colour forms. Individuals can be yellow, green or white and often have thin red lines or dots.

Colour-changing properties

It seems logical to assume that a crab spider would choose a flower of the same colour as itself so as to ambush more prey.
Crab spiders can even change colour to some extent, so a white crab spider which finds itself on a yellow flower can pump a yellow pigment into the outer layer of its body to change colour from white to yellow. If subsequently it finds itself on a white flower it can then excrete the yellow substance to revert back to white.

However, recent studies suggest that crab spiders on flowers of their own colour don't catch any more prey than those on flowers of other colours. A similar study has also discounted the possibility of the spiders being hidden in the UV spectrum (in which bees and some other insects see). So, this begs the question why do they bother to change colour at all? It might be that spiders which match the flower on which they hide are less prone to predation themselves but even this still hasn't been proved. Another theory is that when these spiders evolved they caught types of insects which were fooled by their cryptic colouring but that these prey .

So I probably don't need to worry about my crab spiders being on the wrong-coloured flower, but I still feel they should know better!
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Athena had her first meal in my care yesterday, look at how fat that abdomen is! She's very defensive; she's always throwing threat postures. Either way, she's a gorgeous girl and I'm happy I got her eating! #spider #arachnid #bug #misumena #flowercrabspider #misumessusoblongus

Everyone welcome Athena! I don't know her exact species, but she is a Flower Crab Spider of the genus Misumena (if anyone knows the species name, please tell me!). I found her outside and I am absolutely stunned by her beauty, her pale white-green color and long legs give her such an elegant and graceful look. She is a bit on the defensive side; not aggressive or mean, but not as friendly as Parker. She is a wonderful little girl, and I'm trying to fatten her up♡ Edit: Found out her species! She is a Misumessus oblongus #spider #arachnid #bug #misumena #flowercrabspider

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