White flower spider

In this case, the spider, not the flower, is white. This tiny spider (possibly Thomisus spectabilis) was resting on one of my rose flowers, waiting for a pollinating insect to turn up for lunch.

Thomisus spectabilis, the white flower spider

These spiders are also known as crab spiders. There is some thought that white ones which look like this are female, but yellow ones are male.

Bites are apparently very painful to humans but lasts only a couple of hours. The venom would have to work quickly to disable a bee or butterfly struggling after the spider had pounced on it.

To paraphrase the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson, “Nature, white in fang and claw”.

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