Plant-Insect-Arachnid Interaction: Crab spider waiting for a meal on a white turtlehead

Flower crab spider on a white turtlehead. Photographed 09/23/2012 at Pinckney State Recreation Area near Chelsea, Michigan.

Several genera of crab spiders (Araneae: Thomisidae) are usually found on flowers, and for good reason. Many flowers attract insect pollinators, so they’re great spots for spiders to ambush prey. I found this particular crab spider hanging out on a white turtlehead (Chelone glabra, Scrophulariaceae) a couple of weeks ago at Pinckney State Recreation Area near Chelsea, Michigan. I don’t know what made the hole in the side of the flower, but I suspect the spider was using it for shelter.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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