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gz



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 18 9:07 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Is it native to uk?

sean
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 18 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yup.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 18 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ace photos

cute critter, unless one is a bee? did that go badly for ms buzz?

sean
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 18 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The victim's a hoverfly. Didn't end well for him/her.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 18 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

oooh so it is (was), some have quite a set of jaws but not as difficult a meal as a bee in extremis.

buzzy



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 18 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

As I recall, Gerald Durrell's white crab spiders changed colour (slowly) if moved to a red flower.

The hoverfly is probably a species of Eristalis, but they need looking at carefully through a lens to be sure of which one.


The spider is probably Misumena vatia, which does indeed change colour depending on which colour flower it is sitting in. This one is a female.

Henry

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 18 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Great shots!

It blends in amazingly well. Did it move after it had eaten?

sean
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 18 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nope, still sitting there.

frewen



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 18 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They are incredible things aren't they!

Great photography too

buzzy



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 18 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
Nope, still sitting there.


Well, why move house when the food is delivered to your door?

Henry

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 18 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think you should move it. I want to see it go pink! (Is that mean? It’s hardly a matter of life and death for me, and will mean a big upheaval for the spider, but I’d love to see it)

sean
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 18 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

She's gorn.

buzzy



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 18 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Didn't want a make over!

Henry

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 18 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Or a bigger predator turned up.

gz



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 18 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We saw one on the last part of Springwatch on BBC2...fascinating

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