Crab Spider Ambushes Bumblebee

I was walking along the edge of the rye field when I notice a bumblebee on a mustard flower. However the more I stared at it the more I noticed something was wrong. The bumblebee was not facing in the correct direction, namely such that it could gather nectar. And what’s more, it wasn’t moving. Then I notice a slight orange strip which begged closer inspection.

What I realized as I got closer was the bumblebee was not there by choice. It was in the jaws of a Goldenrod Crab Spider (Misumena vatia). Crab spiders are Continue reading “Crab Spider Ambushes Bumblebee”