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Ground crab spider (Xysticus)


The spiders of the genus Xysticus do not build webs; they are ambush hunters and prefer to hunt near the ground (hence the common name "ground crab spiders"). They move slowly, and commonly hunt by stationing themselves in a high-traffic area and grabbing whatever arthropod passes close enough. Also like most other Thomisidae, they seize prey with their enlarged anterior two pairs of legs and kill it by a venomous bite.


First photo was actually the last photo I took; it is in a defensive pose.

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Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA

Spotted on Oct 14, 2012
Submitted on Oct 14, 2012

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