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White Spider Magic - Series: 5 of 5 | by Len Abrams, ARPS - Photographer
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White Spider Magic - Series: 5 of 5

Image 5 of 5: Success! The spider catches a fly which is larger than itself.

 

This is a series I took in my garden in Surrey, England. This is a very small white spider which does not spin a web – it is a hunting spider called a crab spider or flower spider (Misumena vatia). It disguises itself with its white colour with yellow sections, the same colour as the pollen in the flower.

 

Image 1 of 5: View of whole spider showing long strong 4 front legs and much shorter back legs.

Image 2 of 5: Close up of the front – four eyes are visible, it has eight altogether in two rows of four.

Image 3 of 5: The spider waiting for prey in a flower.

Image 4 of 5: The spider also holds its front legs out with pollen to lure prey.

 

Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Flash: Canon MR 14EX Ring Flash

  

- More images at the SeasonImages web site.

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Taken on July 4, 2009