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crab spiders on a California poppy

May 2, 2015 • Catherine Creek • Klickitat County, Washington

crab spiders on a California poppy (Mecaphesa sp., Eschscholzia californica) [Catherine Creek, Klickitat County, Washington]
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Mecaphesa sp., Eschscholzia californica

The spiders are a male (small) and female (big) of the same species, either Mecaphesa californica or Mecaphesa asperata. They're probably mating, but what a weird sexual position! (The pink petals in the upper left belong to a geranium that my friend was using to hold down the poppy's petals.)

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