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Dangerous Flowers

The bellyache bush has tiny flowers that are popular amongst nectar drinking insects like butterflies, bees and flies. But it’s a dangerous meal. They’re the best place to find crab spiders and lynx spiders. These spiders typically wait near on or near the flowers to attack unsuspecting insects. The crab spider in particular is often extremely well camouflaged. As you can see from one of the photos, though, that camouflage is not always good enough to keep it from being eaten by a lynx spider. (One photo was taken on coralita/Mexican creeper flowers, and the crab spider hiding on that flower adopts a slightly different coloration.)

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