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Crab Spider

Crab Spider - Misumena vatia - 11th Aug 2012


Female pale green, white or yellow: sometimes with thin red lines on abdomen. Male very much smaller than female. Active May - July.


Usually found on flower heads, where it is difficult to see, laying in wait for an unsuspecting insect to alight.


Crab spiders do look a bit like crabs. Their bodies are as wide as they are long. with outstretched legs like a crab's front claws, they even move with a scuttling, sideways gait.

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England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Aug 11, 2012
Submitted on Nov 21, 2012

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