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Another spider, a crab spider

And this is rather special. I love finding animals, watching and recording behaviour. But this was very rare to find a very small white and yellow crab spider Thomisus labefactus female, with a tiny, weeny brown male mating with her.

Not the greatest of photos, as doing a super macro in situ, behind leaves, without disturbing the subjects is a great challenge. A handheld 100mm with two extension tubes and an off camera flash (and a very helpful wifey assistant) all did the trick.

Here is a photo of the tiny male...really no bigger than the head of a pin. with legs.

Here is his lover, the much larger and very differently coloured female.


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