The Floral Trap by Wolf Read

Pollinating insects beware: There be spiders. A nimble-legged spider waits patiently in the center of a fading Western trillium (Trillium ovatum). On this cool, damp day, the forest floor teemed with arachnids. Nearly every trillium was occupied with at least one small spider. The surrounding shrubs were full of webs.

Given the aracnid’s hunting strategy, I suspect the flower-loving creature is a crab spider. Since it is elongated and not in the classic crab-like form, I tentatively put this spider in the genera Tibellus (or a closely related genera) in Family Philodromidae.

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Mundy Park, Coquitlam, BC
21 Apr 2010

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