Skip to content

Freaky Friday

August 25, 2012

During a break from harvesting blackberries today, I plunked myself down in a row of sunflowers for a quick change of scenery. What luck to witness a flower spider (Misumena vatia) in action and have enough time to reach for the camera. I suspect one of my own honey bees was the victim. These crazy little spiders are also known as crab spiders and lurk in the petals of pollen or nectar rich blooms, hunting wasps, bees, and flies. They immobilize the victim with a swift bite and quickly suck the insect dry. Freaky micro world in the insecticide/pesticide free sunflowers!

Flower (crab) spider caught a honeybee visiting a sunflower.

Advertisements

From → Archive

2 Comments
  1. Thanks Emily. Your own bee photos inspired me to keep the camera handy while I work because you never know who you’ll see in the blooms…

  2. Great photo – I always feel like I should rescue the bee when I see these spiders in action, but then the spiders have to eat too!

We'd love to hear from you:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s