Crab Spider with a Small-headed Fly
Genus Mecaphesa and Turbopsebius diligens
I saw a small black insect squirming on this
Common Yarrow and thought, hmmmm, there must be a spider in
somewhere! If you look closely, you can find a
completely white crab spider holding on to her
prey, which is Turbopsebius diligens, a Small-headed Fly.
This is the enlarged photo. I've never seen a crab spider so
perfectly matched with her flower or have I
ever seen a fly with a bowling-ball head.
"Let's see, how can I carry this honking insect? It sure doesn't roll
"Maybe if I can get under it (ooof!) and lift with my knees..." See her
eyes just popping over the top of the insect.
"I think one leg on each end and walking with the other six will do the
trick!" The crab spider finally
managed to haul this insect over the edge and
under the tiny flowers.
Maybe she thought I was too close for
comfort and might steal her food.
Found at North Arm of Pineview Reservoir © Carol Davis, 8-2-2009
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