Yesterday, I was looking at my mallow plant hoping to find some seeds. What I did spot was a dead bee in the center of one of the flowers.
As I turned the flower around I saw the reason. A crab spider must have been waiting for the unwary bee. Crab spiders do not spin webs but wait, as this one did, for their prey to come close. They have very powerful venom which paralyses the prey.
The orange mallow has flowered non-stop during our dry, mild winter and the bees have been busy gathering pollen every day. It was a good place to sit and wait.
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