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Old Feb 14, 2011, 11:53 AM   #1
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I was outside late yesterday afternoon and just happened to spot this tiny white flower spider. It was quite small (less than .25" or about 5mm tip to tip of his arms), just sitting there quietly with his arms open like a grappling hook ready for food. I think he is a juvenile, so I will keep my eye out for him in the future. I think they get very pretty (and maybe change colors too).


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#3 I was trying for water drop shots, and noticed these tiny white dots moving around furiously in the water, or so I thought. After looking at these shots at home, I realized that they are tiny bugs livings on the leaves, and they skim/swim on the droplet surface!

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Saly,

very good and impressive pix :d'-'b, especially for me as an biologist.
Did you used a close up lens?

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Stefan - thanks and yes I'm using the LC-55 closeup lens. Do you think this is a juvenile spider?
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Stefan - thanks and yes I'm using the LC-55 closeup lens. Do you think this is a juvenile spider?
As I am not an expert for spiders and there exist more than 2.000 species of this crab spiders, it is hard to say, if it is a juvenile. It could be a Misumena vatia which has a size of around 4 mm (adult male) or 10 mm (adult female) but the one on your picture should be a female.
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As I am not an expert for spiders and there exist more than 2.000 species of this crab spiders, it is hard to say, if it is a juvenile. It could be a Misumena vatia which has a size of around 4 mm (adult male) or 10 mm (adult female) but the one on your picture should be a female.
Is that the body size or including legs? This one was approximately 5mm including fully extended legs.
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Is that the body size or including legs? This one was approximately 5mm including fully extended legs.
Than it should be really a juvenile
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Wonderfully captured Saly! Love all of them and the Water Ball is awesome...Those Chamelon Spiders (Crab Spiders) are some real characters...I am amazed at the size of the insects they tackle...
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Wonderfully captured Saly! Love all of them and the Water Ball is awesome...Those Chamelon Spiders (Crab Spiders) are some real characters...I am amazed at the size of the insects they tackle...
Thanks LTZ, I'm hoping she sticks around in the same bush and grows up for future photo ops.
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Nice work Saly. I really love the water ball - I call them fairies crystal balls!
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Nice work Saly. I really love the water ball - I call them fairies crystal balls!
thanks banksy, and a lovely name for the water droplet!
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