Thomisus spectabilisWhite Crab Spider and the Honey Bee White Crab Spider Prey

An ambush spider and predatory species, the White Crab Spider (Thomisus spectabilis), are often found sitting motionless on plant and on flowers waiting for insects, especially those feeding on the pollen and nectar of flowers. They eat a variety of insects including bees, crickets, flies and butterflies.

The following prey is one of the commonly named Sand Wasps, genus Bembix sp.

White Crab Spider (Thomisus spectabilis) with wasp (Bembix sp), Brisbane QLD © Stefan Jones
White Crab Spider (Thomisus spectabilis) with wasp (Bembix sp), Brisbane QLD © Stefan Jones
White Crab Spider (Thomisus spectabilis) with wasp (Bembix sp), Brisbane QLD © Stefan Jones
White Crab Spider (Thomisus spectabilis) with wasp (Bembix sp), Brisbane QLD © Stefan Jones
White Crab Spider (Thomisus spectabilis) with wasp (Bembix sp), Brisbane QLD © Stefan Jones
White Crab Spider (Thomisus spectabilis) with wasp (Bembix sp), Brisbane QLD © Stefan Jones
White Crab Spider (Thomisus spectabilis) with wasp (Bembix sp), Brisbane QLD © Stefan Jones
White Crab Spider (Thomisus spectabilis) with wasp (Bembix sp), Brisbane QLD © Stefan Jones
White Crab Spider (Thomisus spectabilis) with European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera), Brisbane QLD © Stefan Jones
White Crab Spider (Thomisus spectabilis) with European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) © Stefan Jones

Footnote & References

  1. Photographs Thomisus spectabilis © Stefan Jones
  2. Many thanks for genus Bembix sp. ID to Cath McInnes, member of Bee Aware of Your Native Bees (Australia), Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/beeawareofyournativebees

Thomisus spectabilisWhite Crab Spider and the Honey Bee White Crab Spider Prey

ThomisidaeRuncinia acuminata Sidymella Sidymella hirsuta Tharrhalea sp Tharrhalea evanida Tharrhalea multopunctata Thomisus spectabilis Tmarus cinerasceus Xysticus bimaculatus Zygometis xanthogaster

SpidersIndex of Spider Images Araneidae — Orb Weavers Arkys Australian Huntsman Spider Barking Spider Black House Spider Carepalxis sp Celaenia sp Crab Spiders Deinopidae — Net-casting Spiders Dolomedes sp Dolophones sp Flower Spiders Hackled Orbweavers (Uloboridae) Jewel Spider Jumping Spider Long Jawed Spider (Tetragnatha sp) Lynx Spider (Oxyopes) Mangrovia albida Maratus volans Missulena occatoria (Red-headed Mouse Spider) Miturgidae Nicodamidae (Red and Black Spider) Ogre-faced Net-casting Spider Poltys sp (Twig Spider) Redback Spider Scorpion-tailed Spider (Arachnura higginsi) Thomisidae Tiger Spider (Trichonephila plumipes) White-spotted Swift Spider (Nyssus albopunctatus) Wolf Spider