A couple of days ago my daughter came to find me because she found “a cool spider eating a bee!”. It’s a crab spider, in particular a Misumena vatia, and has been hanging out on an orange poppy in our front yard ever since.

crab spider hanging out on an orange poppy

These are neat spiders. They spin no web so they spend most of the life waiting on a flower hoping to lure a bee close enough to kill it with their powerful venom. They can change colors too, switching from white to yellow and back as the need arises.

Do be careful if you come across one, apparently the bite can do significant, though not lethal, damage to humans.

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