Not an Alien Facehugger.

The crab spider on our Sunflower has grown pretty big and fat. The diet of bees apparently suits it well (I have seen it to eat another unfortunate bee).

I think this picture shows how the spider manages to subdue much bigger prey without falling off the plant with it during the struggle, although I have not had the luck to see it in “action”. You can see that the spider has built a small web and has thus essentially tethered itself with spider silk to the plant. Ingenious.

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  1. Nightjar says

    Aw, you have a pet crab spider! :D

    It is beautiful. There was one on our chili pepper’s flowers that looked just like that but in white. I kept forgetting to take a photo and now I can’t find it anymore :(

  2. jazzlet says

    Given that posture I suspect that crab spider is saying “I can take you, just you come here and see, any time, I can take you!”

  3. rq says

    This is why I’m happy spiders don’t generally come in larger sizes.
    You’ve captured a very effective, expressive portrait!

  4. Ice Swimmer says

    I think the abdomen is more like a little bun spiced with a lot of saffron. As for the colour-coordinated spider in whole, definitely out to get some prey.

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