Painted Lady

Wildlife Bouquet - Painted Lady and Misumena vatia spider on Knapweed

Photo_date:
10/08/2009
Photographer:

Sue Morey

Other Species:
Misumena vatia
Key species list:
Painted Lady
Parish or Group:
Summary:
Painted Lady with attendant spider on Knapweed
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Wildlife Bouquet - Painted Lady and Misumena vatia spider on Knapweed

I found this brightly coloured crab spider a couple of days ago. 
It has stayed on this plant because it has a nest - you can see it on
the Misumena vatiaadjacent stem.  In the nest I saw a smaller nondescript brown
spider, which I suppose was the male. 
The spider did not try to attack the painted lady which landed on its
flower - presumably saw it as no threat.  The spider has the same body
stripes as the white one seen in July (only 3 or 4 metres from the

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