Kōrero: 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.

Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi

Private collection
Photograph by Simon Pollard

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

Ngā whakaahua me ngā rauemi katoa o tēnei kōrero

Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Simon Pollard, 'Spiders and other arachnids - Araneomorphs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/12718/crab-spider (accessed 22 January 2022)

He kōrero nā Simon Pollard, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007