Regina Rich, via email
I found this amazing little spider on our sunflowers. Can you please tell me what it’s called?
Martyn Robinson says
This is a flower spider in the genus Diaea. Several of these spiders can change colour to match the flowers they are on, so they become camouflaged while they wait for prey such as bees, butterflies and flies. They have very fast-acting venom, as their prey must die instantly in a lifelike pose so it doesn’t attract the attention of birds, which are spider eaters! These spiders are harmless to humans, although they can give you a nip.