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Cryptic Color
Mimicry is used widely by arthropods to survive in a hostile environment. Often mimicry is associated with the production of chemical compounds such as pigments. In crab spiders, the change of color is based on a complex physiological process that still is not understood.<br />
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In order to actually ensnare its prey, the spider relies on this specialization. It has the ability to change colors and blend in with the flower it is hunting from. The spider remains still and unseen, waiting to ambush an unlucky insect that chooses the wrong flower to pollinate.<br />
This color change may require several days before taking effect once the spider moves to another variety, so it prefers to hunt from a particular type of flower.

Mimicry is used widely by arthropods to survive in a hostile environment. Often mimicry is associated with the production of chemical compounds such as pigments. In crab spiders, the change of color is based on a complex physiological process that still is not understood.

In order to actually ensnare its prey, the spider relies on this specialization. It has the ability to change colors and blend in with the flower it is hunting from. The spider remains still and unseen,...
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