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Flower spider

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Species:
Thomisus spectabilis
(RM)
Family:
Thomisidae
Body length:
female: 11 mm
male: 3 mm
Habitat:
In white flowers and lush green vegetation
Toxicity:
Probably harmless to humans
Thomisus spectabilis
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Male and female
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Another specimen
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Front view
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Colour variation

This spider likes to wait in the centre of white or yellow flowers for nectar-feeding insects. Presumably it is for this reason that its colour can vary from white to yellow.

Thomisus spectabilis demonstrates very well the phenomenon of sexual dimorphism, the male being much smaller and a different colour and shape when compared with the female.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: The immature male thomisid shown on this website as Unknown thomisid species may actually be an immature form of a male T. spectabilis.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 1 October 2010.