Crab Spider

I’m proud of this picture!  This is the tiniest crab spider I’ve ever seen! From the lack of color, I suspect it’s recently-hatched. The bud it’s on is a 1/4 inch long.

The crab spider is on butterflyweed, a milkweed. Milkweeds are one of the best butterfly magnets, but that’s for another blog.

Crab spiders can turn the color of the flower they’re on, the better to “hide” themselves when waiting for prey to come close. They don’t weave a web to capture their prey; they use their front legs. They bite their prey to kill it and then suck it dry.  With legs spread, it shows how they got their name. The males grow to 1/8 inch long, and the females from 1/4 to 3/8 inch long.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Therese on May 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Amazing photos, Kathy!!!!! Woo Hoo!!!

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  2. Great capture!

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  3. Cool! Spiders get prettier and prettier the closer we get, don’t they?

    Reply

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