Incy Wincy

My favourite Arsenal supporter, the taciturn Prof. T, posted a picture of what looked like a species of crab spider. However, even with the best eyes in the world positive ID is proving well nigh impossible, even with the help of Google.

It also meant trawling my spider files to find a match up.

During my rummaging I was struck by not only the number of photos and variety of crab spiders I have on file but the fact how scarce they have been these past couple of years.

A bit disconcerting if one considers that the flora dans mon jardin has not noticeably changed.

Anyhoo … I thought I’d give a few of the many crab spider shots an airing so you lily-livered arachnophobes can squirm a bit or, if you have no fear, delight in these mini-marvels of camouflage and ambush.

In the pink?

Carefully disguised. However, this bee was just a tad too big to handle. For the crab spider, patience is the watchword.

That oops moment!

All creatures great and …. especially small!

This is called a Running Crab Spider. Appropriately named!

Size isn’t everything.ย  Female flower crab spider with mate.

Misumenops rubrodecoratus (common red back crab spiders) There is one species in this genus. Lucky for me this one decided to pay the garden a visit. Only seen it once since.

Grass Crab Spider

Flower Crab Spider on Cosmos.

Ark


21 thoughts on “Incy Wincy

          1. And certainly not a Native American Indian I’m sure… as Okie’s state name is ironically a “Native American” word of the Choctaws: okla = people and humma = red. IOW, the “red people” of Oklahoma were never in sight, correct? ๐Ÿ˜•

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          2. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ (smh) That’s SO Euro-American Settlers of the 19th-century, isn’t it? I better stop here; we could fill-up several pages of Ark’s comment-section with America’s dark shameful history that white Euro-Americans want to constantly sweep under the Indian rugs and out of sight, eh Pink? ๐Ÿ™„

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          3. Although, since Ark does have a soft spot for great music, I’ll play this music-video in tribute to White Euro-America’s treatment of Native Peoples here. Listen closely to all the lyrics if you aren’t familiar with the song…

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          4. If you are stating the obvious in appropriate sarcasm(?), then yes. If you were asking a dead serious question (with laughing emoji), then technically it is a song & lyrics shamefully revealing the “step aside, you’ve been removed” white Euro-American savagery inflicted upon Native peoples, not only on the North American continent, but around the globe. But I have a feeling you already know all of this Pink. I’m not telling you anything new. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. When you say “…even with the best eyes in the world,” are you referencing your advanced eyesight (in terms of decades & centuries) ๐Ÿค“ or those of the 4-6 eyed agile, carnivorous Crab Spiders found all over both our spectacular gardens devouring pollinators? ๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ (chomp chomp!) Or might you be referencing my -850 to -900 eyesight—in terms of 20/20? If so Ark, we will be here a long, long time wandering aimlessly about our yards! ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿ‘ด << Ark and Mr. D

    Btw, I am still endeavoring to ID this little quick, devouring critter, even if I must contact Mikel Arteta and Stan Kroenke—whose skills at spotting & recruiting a defenseman of Virgil van Dijk quality is renown! ๐Ÿ™„—and return my Dunners to the days of glory and trophies!

    (in his best impersonation cheers of Mel Gibson in Braveheart…)

    Ark!? Are you with me mate!? โš”๏ธ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ

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  2. Well Ark, I’ve been through some 400–500 pics of Texas Hill Country (central) spiders and crab spiders with no certain successful identification. Perhaps I’ve discovered a brand new, unknown genus of crab spider, yes!? ๐Ÿฅณ

    If not, then my well-deduced conclusion, after hours upon hours, days upon days racking my big brain in stringent investigative predatory arachniding, I have tentatively classified our elusive critter as a juvenile Tmarus. Perhaps the Angulatus species, but in its first few hour/days/week of ambushing and lunching! Your thoughts Dr. Arkesatan?

    If it is a new, unknown genus then I will call it: Tmarus Texicatus Nan-ulatus …after our dear friend and spider-lover Nan who inspired me, along with Dr. Arkesatan, to classify this fine carnivorous predatory specimen!!!

    P.S. I’ve submitted my three, granted poor-quality photos to SpiderID.com for analysis. Watch this space for upcoming results. ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. Good call,Mister D.Tmarus it could well be. But I did notice that of all the sightings not one is recorded in the U S of A. Import, perhaps?

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      1. Most likely it seems. These particular geraniums Mom brought from her previous residence—in an even more remote central Texas area further north—but no telling where she picked up the flowers OR that location up there may have picked it up earlier then it hopped onto her geraniums. ๐Ÿค” Do crab spiders fly (as some sort of passenger on/with/inside migrating birds?) from far reaches intercontinentally!? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I’m asking you, the expert.

        And, as I’ve alluded about the booming population growth of Texas the last 10-yrs, there’s all sorts of ports of entry here those little buggers could of hitched a ride to smile for my camera… perhaps to get a date with some of YOUR male crabbies! Her empassioned profile on the new dating website FindLove-n-Crabs.com reads:

        Young Texas Hottie with HUGE Front Grabbers Seeks SAfrican Crabby with SKILLZ!

        Apply with Dr. Arkesatan’s Garden Office. Inquire With him.

        Watcha think Ark? Let’s be two Cupids!

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