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Crab spider

Thomisidae

Description:

They are called crab spiders because they resemble crabs, with two front pairs of legs angled outward and bodies that are flattened and often angular. Also, like crabs, Thomisidae can move sideways or backward. Crab spiders do not build webs to trap prey, but are hunters and ambushers. Some species sit on or among flowers, bark, fruit or leaves where they grab visiting insects. Individuals of some species, such as Misumena vatia, are able to change color to match the flower on which they are sitting.

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1 Comment

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Wonderful information, good picture.

NeilHarris
Spotted by
NeilHarris

Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa

Spotted on Feb 10, 2011
Submitted on Mar 11, 2011

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