Colouration in crab spiders: substrate choice and prey attraction.

  title={Colouration in crab spiders: substrate choice and prey attraction.},
  author={Astrid M. Heiling and Lars Chittka and Ken Cheng and Marie Elisabeth Herberstein},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  volume={208 Pt 10},
Australian crab spiders Thomisus spectabilis ambush pollinating insects, such as honeybees (Apis mellifera) on flowers, and can change their body colour between yellow and white. It is traditionally assumed that the spiders change their colour to match the flower colour, thus rendering them cryptic to insect prey. Here, we test this assumption combining state-of-the-art knowledge of bee vision and behavioural experiments. In the field, yellow spiders are only found on yellow daisies… CONTINUE READING
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