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Thomisus onustus

Thomisus onustus
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-03-24
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Nikon D5200, 90mm Tamron AF SP f/2.8 VC USD
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-03-24 11:35
Viewed: 982
Points: 8
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Thomisus onustus
Family: Thomisidae

Thomisus onustus is a grab spider very common in Crete. This is a female. Females are very variable in colour, their basic colour can be white, yellow pale brown or pink, sometimes with additional shades of red. This species is characterized by the prominent rear corners of the opisthosoma. T. onustus is disguised by assuming the same colour as the flower, fooling both insect and bird predators (mimicry). The prey consists of flower-visiting insects of all species, such as hover flies, bees, wasps, butterflies or beetles, which are often several times larger than the spider. They take their prey with two powerful and highly enlarged front leg pairs and usually kill them by biting on the back of their neck. Emerging spiderlings of Thomisus onustus may feed on pollen or nectar when insect prey is lacking.

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hallo Nikos
great shot with good sharpness and beautiful yellow colour
thanks gr lou

Hello Nikos,
Excellent background and perfect composition. Nice way to use flash to get good details on such Yellow color. Perfect exposure.
Good work...
In your NOTE..... unfortunately, it's "grab" spider
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice weekend,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2018-03-24 15:47]

Hi Nikos,great eyes to see this magician of camouflage on the yellow flower,a fantastic macro very sharp and bright,well done! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Nikos,
amazing demonstration of a crab spider's perfect camouflage. Very clear and well composed image, monumentally reduced to the essence. Thank you!
With best regards,

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