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carnivorous Phalenopsis violecea?

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    Default carnivorous Phalenopsis violecea?

    while i was tending to my Phal. violecea, i noted a black spot in the center of the lip area. and my first though was OMG!! fungus attack!!
    On closer inspection, i notice it's an insect and after probing it, i notice it was dead. then the thought pop out in my head, SINCE WHEN A VIOLECEA IS CARNIVOROUS IN NATURE? adn am i underfeeding my orchids?
    using a tweezer i removed the insect and just to find another thing attaching to it....WOW! seems like the albino spider (been noticing this guy for several days, totally white in color with yellow tinge at the tip of the leg) - MAYBE IT CAN GIVE MY VIOLECEA A BITE AND IT WILL TURN INTO VIOLEACEA ALBA-----lol
    two pics here, the first one showing the insect "trapped" (that is what i thought of initially) in situ
    the second pic showing the spider still holding on to it's food despite me grasping the insect with the forceps and the insect size is twice the size of that guy!! and he must be a hungry dude for holding on to his meal with such courage.
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    The insect looks like a bee that could of been trying to pollinate the flower when it meet its end to the well hidden spider

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    Very interesting and good observation .

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    Quote Originally Posted by max View Post
    The insect looks like a bee that could of been trying to pollinate the flower when it meet its end to the well hidden spider
    I was just thinking the same. Well spotted and photographed

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    what a great photo.

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    WOW! Interesting observation. I've seen this before and also with a white spider (mine had spots). This tells you that intelligence is not a human exclusive. Great pics!
    Jose

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    thanks everyone

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    The spider is some type of crab spider (Family Thomisidae). Many members of this Family are well known for hiding on flowers and then "ambushing" flies and bees that visit the flower. The flower hunters tend to have some very nice color to them. Very cool predators, they are quite harmless to humans.

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    What a cool photo and story. I think Max was right - that bee was surprised by the hiding spider. Nature is pretty incredible in so many ways.

    cheers,
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    If anything deserves a commendation for patience it has to be the Arachnids. Thinking I would probably be holding on to my meal for dear life having waited for so long to strike and then has to still wait until the preys insides are liquified. Lets hope the bee deposited its pollen load before spider intervened and the bees spirit can rest in peace knowing its purpose was fulfilled. very poetic.

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