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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Goldenrod Crab Spider with Bee Prey

Goldenrod crab spiders are ambush predators that sit and wait on flowers for pollinators to visit. Here, a large female spider had captured a honey bee that tried to visit the bee balm flower she was waiting on.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
Camera: ILCE-6500
Copyright: © Anne Readel