by , Ranger
Greg Dodge is a professional naturalist as well as a writer, videographer and producer of natural history DVDs. His images have been used in various TV productions, museum displays, and corporate videos. Above all, he has a fascination and passion for all things natural.
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Longhorn Luck

June 1st, 2012

While walking through Explore the Wild I noticed that Swamp Rose was in bloom. A closer look revealed a beetle and a spider on one of the flowers.

Swamp Rose with a longhorn beetle and crab spider (5/23/12).

The beetle is a flower longhorn beetle. To be more specific it looks to be Strangalia luteicornis. As suggested, adults nectar on flowers. The larvae feed on the wood of various trees and vines.

Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris) is a native rose, unlike the, unfortunately, much more familiar Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora) which was in bloom several weeks ago. Swamp Rose has single blossoms while Multiflora Rose blooms in clusters of many smaller flowers, multiple flowers = multiflora.

Note the white, multi-flowered clusters of the Muslitflora Rose.

Another view of the beetle and spider.

The spider appears to be a White-banded Crab Spider (Misumenoides formosipes). These crab spiders (crab spiders in general) are small but I’ve seen them pounce on prey much larger than themselves. I’m surprised this one hasn’t jumped on the beetle. This longhorn appears to have been lucky, so far.

Come on out to Explore the Wild and see what you can spot.

Join the conversation:

  1. Looks like opposites attract. Wonderful pictures, Greg!

    Posted by Wendy
  2. Maybe there is an instinct telling the spider something is dangerous?

    Posted by Lew
  3. Ranger Comment :

    Perhaps, but I think that if the beetle had moved one little half step closer it would have been crab meat, or maybe beetlejuice.

    Posted by Greg Dodge
  4. Love the crab spider pics!! Super awesome!

    Posted by Kimberly
  5. Ranger Comment :

    Thanks, Kimberly!

    Posted by Greg Dodge

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