Thomisus spectabilis

Thomisus spectabilis

Thomisus spectabilis is a flower spider. A short, squat spider, from 3-11mm, common Australia wide, active in the day time. Some can be very white (if living in white flowers). Some can be quite yellow. They sometimes have yellow-reddish ends to the translucent legs, and black markings at the rear of the trapezoidal abdomen. The first and second pairs of legs are noticeably longer and thicker than the last 2 pairs. Lateral eyes are on projections. Males are much smaller. They generally hunt on flowers or other parts of plants matching their colour though they can change colour somewhat to match the plant. An insect visiting the flower for pollen or nectar is seized and bitten, then sucked dry, some much larger than the spider. Eggs are laid in a silk dish covered with a lid. After two weeks the spiderlings hatch, left to fend for themselves
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassArachnida
OrderAraneae
FamilyThomisidae
GenusThomisus
SpeciesThomisus spectabilis
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Australia