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Flower Crab Spiders


6/8/14 & 6/9/14: This week on "Fieldnotes:" "Flower Crab Spiders," by Sara Mintz.

"Flower crab spiders are wait-and-grab predators that feed on bees, flies, moths, and other pollinating insects. The female spider sits on a flower, forelegs outstretched, waiting to catch any insects that take advantage of the flower's nectar reward. These spiders are capable of changing their color to blend in with the flower they're hunting on, so that bees approach unaware of any danger. Some species of flower crab spiders emulate the markings that flowers use to guide pollinators to their rewards, drawing in their prey even more effectively."


Beth Anne Austein has been spinning tunes on the air (The Folk Show, Dancing With Tradition, Freeforms), as well as recording, editing and mixing audio for Montana Public Radio and Montana PBS, since the Clinton Administration. She’s jockeyed faders or "fixed it in post” for The Plant Detective; Listeners Bookstall; Fieldnotes; Musicians Spotlight; The Write Question; Storycorps; Selected Shorts; Bill Raoul’s music series; orchestral and chamber concerts; lecture series; news interviews; and outside producers’ programs about topics ranging from philosophy to ticks.
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