Fig 1
ADULT: The males attain a size of 3 -4mm whereas females can be up to 11mm. Males have slender greenish white abdomens with brownish stripes but females can be green, white or yellow and have red spots on the abdomen that can merge to form stripes or be completely absent. The females body is generally wider. BEHAVIOUR: Awaits its prey within or on flowerheads where it quickly pounces on any nearby landing insects. HABITAT: Southern Britain where it is relatively common. DISTRIBUTION: Found on flowers in gardens, rough parkland and open woodland. PERIOD: All year round with summer being optimum viewing time.

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