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Crab Spider

Phrynarachne melloleitoa


this is a female, i think, as she is with a dried leaf containing presumably eggs. She is very much alive but also dying, she was sort of responsive/protective holding the leaf, but her color is dull, eyes are not shining anymore... very strange....


amongst flowers in our garden

No species ID suggestions


Smith'sZoo 3 years ago

me too!!!!! i feel like the mother checking up on her every day! cant wait! Thank you Chun!

ChunXingWong 3 years ago

Yes, Crab Spider as it's common name is fine.
I don't think she can move the eggs somewhere else so she have to stay and guard her eggs. Sometimes animals can be better mothers than human.
I will be looking forward for the little ones.

ChunXingWong 3 years ago

Thanks Smith'sZoo for both the greetings and this link.

Western Cape, South Africa

Lat: -34.13, Long: 18.42

Spotted on Sep 18, 2012
Submitted on Sep 18, 2012


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