Masters of Ambush.
Crab Spiders are the epitome of ambush predators. They hide in flowers and wait for pollinators to alight for a meal and conduct their essential services.
Then with a slender thread of silk anchoring themselves to the flower, they launch on the busy insect, bite into their thorax and inject a concoction of toxins to both immobilize and predigest their prey.
For over a month we have monitored a crab spider on a particular plant, usually in the same flower. Last week it seemed to disappear, itself the possible prey of a bird.
On our regular walk this morning, on closer inspection of the flower, there it was, but this time with a different, more camouflaged colour pattern.
While we can’t prove beyond a doubt that it is indeed the same individual, the remote isolation of the plant makes it highly probable.