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A Trio of Crab Spiders

Thomisus citrinellus


A large white female is eating a yellow female while a small male rides piggyback. This is the first time I've seen one eating their own species. Is that normal?


spotted on the caper bush in my desert garden

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Bernadette S
Bernadette S 4 years ago

Thanks, Machi! I appreciate your input. I watch these spiders a lot in my garden and had never seen them eat each other, but I guess I'm not really surprised. But I wonder - do they do it to eliminate competition for food/mates, or were they just hungry?

Machi 4 years ago

Very interesting find and great photos! I don't think crab spider cannibalism is unheard of, but you are lucky to have seen and photographed this, especially with the little male piggybacking!

Bernadette S
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Bernadette S

دهب, جنوب سيناء, Egypt

Spotted on May 22, 2016
Submitted on May 24, 2016

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