Hello Stem Geeks!
I have just landed on the platform and decided to bring my passion for insects with me. If you like diving into the macroworld of bugs and learning cool facts about them, feel free to follow me on a journey into the mysterious universe of the macroscale.
Our opening post is about one of my favorite spider species, Thomisus onustus, the incredible crab spider!
One of the most fascinating facts about this species is that they are not orb weavers. These spiders are ruthless hunters. They lurk hidden in between flowers and attack their innocent prey, which are basically insects which visit flowers (like bees, wasps and flies). They have two very strong front legs that help them attack their "victim" before they finish it off with a strong bite on its back.
Certainly not a good way to go...
Beautiful sneaky little bastards...
Another equally amazing fact about these lurkers is their excellent skills in camouflage. With their colors varying from dark brown to yellow brown for males and pale brown, pink, white or yellow for females, they have a wide range of colorful flowers they can pick as their hiding spot.
Nasty eight-legged bitches, aren't they?
All photos and video taken by me, @ruth-girl - Not free for re-use
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