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Amy: "Want one?"

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Misumena vatia, the Flower Spider.
Also known as the Goldenrod Crab Spider or simpler; the Goldenrod Spider.
Very common and well known Thomisidae, Crab Spider around Holarctic area and will be this #SpiderSunday species.
The first photos are of a young M. vatia that I found bit over a month ago and the last three are of an adult, that I found almost at the same spot bit over week ago, just from another flower. Could it be the same individual? Beats me, but either way it was great to catch both young and adult female, even if I have yet to be able to find a male.
These Spiders are very well known for their ability to change color at will and their ambush-style hunting.
Mostly found either on white or yellow flowers, such as Goldenrods (Solidago sp.), Birthroot (Trillium sp.), or like very commonly here in Finland, from Yarrow (Achillea millefolium).
Easy to identify here in Finland and few other countries close by, but there are some some species elsewhere where M. vatia can be found, that can look rather similar and usually requires a closer look to tell which species it is and from which genus.
Even though the M. vatia is well known for sometimes tackling a larger prey than itself, they can still become a prey for the same invertebrates that it hunts for, as well as other animals such as lizards, birds, shrews etc, so they rely purely on their camouflage and being as still as possible, until their prey is close enough to strike.
The color change in short, is just secreting yellow pigmented liquid into the outer layer of their body when wanting to be yellow and when white, the liquid is moved to lower layers so that the white guanine filled glands are visible. The transformation from yellow to white usually takes much less (approximately 5-6 days) than other way around, which can take up to 20 days.

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ギジュモは特にテトのことが大好きで寝るときもよく抱きついています🐵💕
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今日はお散歩に行けなかったので従姉妹が撮ってくれた写真を加工してみました💗雑😂
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Gijumo hugs Teto many time💗He loves Teto 💗
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We could not go to out side today ,so l retouched picture 🤣l am not good at it😂
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#ギジュモとテト#ショウガラゴ#ブッシュベイビー#猿#エキゾチックアニマル#かわいい#癒し#動物#フワモコ部#ペット#ギズモ#赤ちゃん##bushbaby#animal#cuteanimals#pets#petstagram #baby#monkey#Gizmo#animallovers#animalinstagram#animalkingdom#petlover#animalphotography#قرد#scimmia#singe#mono#животное

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This guy wasn't very happy to have his photo taken... Look at that face.
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You also had a nice weekend? 🐾💚🐾💚🐾💚🐾💚🐾💚#zooleipzig #wildlife_perfection #jj_nature #naturelover_gr #allnatureshots #naturephotography #dof_brilliance #naturehippys_ #naturelovers #countrylife #wildlifeplanet #animalphotography

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And I don't speak chicken but based on its facial expression I feel like this chicken is judging me.. 😒

#chicken #chick #animal #funnyanimals #poultry #farm #harvestmoon #lol #funny #swag #cheeky #cute #animallovers #animallover #selfie #selca #animalphotography #potd #닭 #짱 #귀여워

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