This male White Death Crab Spider (far smaller than the female – check the image of two days ago) is a master of camouflage. Look how close the colour of the legs and cephalothorax are to the lavender stalks. He was considerably smaller too than the bees buzzing around the lavender, but he had every intention of lunching on one.
Canon EOS 100D with Canon 70-200mm F4 L IS lens with Canon 25mm tube ISO400 1/640 at f/8
Yesterday’s post showed a crab spider thinking he was hiding on a buddleia bloom. At the same time, farther along the same bloom, this bee-fly was feeding away merrily, oblivious of the nearby danger.
Canon Gx3 at 220mm (600mm equiv) ISO640 1/400 at f.5.6
This crab spider wouldn’t win too many prizes for camouflage, but he sat patiently waiting all day on this buddleia blossom for an unsuspecting bee/butterfly/moth to come within striking range.
Canon G3X at 220mm (600mm equiv) ISO640 1/160 at f/5.6