Story: Spiders and other arachnids

Crab spider

Crab spider

Crab spiders (Diaea species) ambush flying insects that have landed on flowers or plants. The camouflaged spider sits very still with its front legs stretched out, waiting to grab prey in a deadly embrace. When it has finished feeding, the spider leaves the victim looking totally intact – minus its insides.

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Simon Pollard, 'Spiders and other arachnids - Araneomorphs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2021)

Story by Simon Pollard, published 24 Sep 2007