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. 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.