”Come into my parlor,” said the spider to the fly.
Location: Coryell County, Central Texas
May 8, 2011 12:27 pm
Hello again. Last year, you kindly identified some photos as a crab spider, or flower spider. I found this spider on another rose and was wondering if it also is a crab spider. It drained the fly, left its carcass and then hid behind another petal, legs ready to grab another fly. It’s a jungle out there.
Curious, I looked at a second rose and found a similar, smaller spider. I wonder if each of our roses has a spider 🙂
Noticed brown spots on the roses, aphids, probably. Need a ladybug intervention soon.
This is indeed a Crab Spider, most likely the Goldenrod Crab Spider or Flower Spider, Misumena vatia. The images you sent us last year appear to be a different species. We believe the prey in your first photo is a Bee, not a Fly. Flower Spiders get their common name from their habit of waiting for prey on blossoms, hence many of their victims are beneficial pollinating insects like this Bee.