Monday, 13 August 2012

The demise of a pollinator

Whilst sampling in Caversham last week, we came across this crab spider Misumena vatia (so-called because of its general appearance – spiders belonging to this family, Thomisidae, have the first two pairs of legs longer than the rest, can walk forwards, sideways and even backwards!) feasting on a hoverfly. Females of M. vatia blend in with their background, and are commonly found on white or yellow flowers; as such they can vary in colour from white, yellow or light green.


1 comment:

  1. Ecology in action! Bad luck for the hoverfly, good luck for the spider. Well spotted, those little spiders are easily missed.