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Natural Selection!

By odiefoxydog
I was out with several people on a workshop at the weekend and a couple of them had got macro shots of this hover fly. I was surprised it was still on the flower by the time I'd fitted my macro lens but after taking a couple of shots it struck me that it was unnaturally still.

A couple of seconds later it just dropped off the flower, dead! Underneath lurked the reason, an ugly looking crab spider (Thomisidae). I have to say it's probably the ugliest spider I've seen. I was interested to learn they don't spin webs but lurk on plants and flowers waiting for unsuspecting victims to land.

Thanks for looking and for all the votes and comments Grin

Tags: Spider Insect Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Hover fly Arachnid Crab spider Wildlife and nature Thomisidae

Voters: Eastlands, Alan_Baseley, morpheus1955 and 3 more

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