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Spider Photos - Crab Spiders

Here's some photos of Crab or Flower spider photos. Crab spiders belong to the family Thomisidae. They get their name because they move sideways, like crabs. The body is not as hairy as in most spiders. The colour of the spider is adapted to the hunting terrain they use and is mostly extravagant. They live in flowers and plants and are sometimes called Flower Spiders because they are often found inside a flower waiting for an unsuspecting bee to come along. They also live in grasses and low vegetation. The female grows 6-7 mm.  They are slow-moving spiders which do not actively hunt like Wolf Spiders. Instead, they remain stationary and await in ambush for some unsuspecting insects to land in front of them. Their bite is not dangerous to humans. The first two pairs of legs in most Crab Spiders are longer and heavier than the third and fourth pairs, and are armed with spines for holding and grasping prey. The females usually stand guard with their egg sacs. The egg sacs are fastened to the vegetation and are usually flat.

One of my viewers has sent in some great photos of different varieties of crab spiders along with a commentary on the photos. Click here to view.

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CRAB SPIDERS - WHITE

8 September, 2013:
I found this spider on my deck chair in NY. I can't find a picture to identify it. Can you tell me what kind of a spider this is? Thank you, Lisa
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13 April, 2013:
Just moved to Austin from NYC - and needless to say, I didn't encounter too many spiders out there. I did grow up in Portland, OR tho - so I've seen my fair share. That being said... I've never seen one that looked like this! Its body is about the size of a corn kernel. At first I thought it was a white crab spider... but those are usually hairless, right? Trying to get a feel for what to be afraid of and what not to be down here in the south. :-) Thanks! Jessica
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23 July, 2012:
I found it on my grill cover. It's body was as large as a kernel of corn. Thanks, Steve
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29 June, 2012:
Glen, I found this white spider in my flower garden. I have taken a picture of it. Can you tell me what it is? I live in Central Iowa. Those are Japanese Beatles beside it, so you can kinda tell how big it is. Thanks Sindy

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19 November, 2011:
Hi Glen. Thank you so much for a fast reply to my mail yesterday. I'm a huge fan of all sort of wildlife, and love to take pictures. I only have a Compact-camera from sony, but the pictures aren't that bad actually. Anyway, here are some pictures of some of the spiders i have found here in Coral bay (Paphos) - Cyprus). I'm almost sure that one of them is the Flower Spider (Thomisus spectabilis). but i haven't been able to identify the others yet. Tho i can tell that the one in image DSC01140.jpg was a fast runner and jumped like crazy ( 5-7cm.) when i was trying to take the photo. I realy like your site. feel free to use the pictures as you like if you find it intresting. 05.11.2011 - Cyprus -Nikolas!
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14 November, 2011:
Hello, I've been looking around your website trying to find out what two spiders I found in/around my house that I have never seen before in my life. I am no spider expert and I am terrified of spiders! I live in Southern CA. It would be great if you could identify them for me. Feel free to use these photos on your website if you would like. After some research, I think that the first one is the Jumping Spider b/c it looks almost exactly like the one on your website (but this one has gray furry legs). I woke up, terrified, finding it clung to the ceiling, hovering over my bed. I caught it with my bug zooka and let it outside on a pine cone. It might be hard to see b/c it kind of camouflages. The second spider I found a couple of years ago actually in my garden. I managed to take a photo of it killing a honey bee :( I think it might be a crab spider, but I'm not sure. Thanks, Clare

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14 November, 2011:
Do you know what kind of spider this is? thanks

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12 July, 2011:
I believe these are all crab spiders. I found them on a native prairie I visit often and had a lot of fun observing them and taking pictures. Only a few turned out though--they're camera shy little buggers and on top of it I was trying to phograph them in 20-30mph winds! -Allie

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11 November, 2010:
Hi Glen, What a great web site. I took this picture this morning (8th November 2010) in my garden in Reebok, a suburb of Little Brak River , near Mossel Bay in South Africa. Thanks to your site I can positively identify the spider Anyone can use the photo if they want to. Regards Mike

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30 October, 2010:
Hey Glen, I was looking up this spider I saw in my garden and I came across your site. Being a web developer I like to share as much back to the internet community as I can. So, I wanted to invite you to grab the images of the cool spider I found and put them on your site if you want to. After looking at your site I'm pretty certain that it's a White Crab Spider.  I found this in Phoenix Arizona in case you wanted to mention that with the images. Very cool, I actually watched it catch a fly. Spiderz do Rule! :-P -- Cool website by the way. It really shows through that you have a passion for arachnids. Damon
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Reply: This is Poecilothomisus speciosus  - a type of crab spider - glen
Hello again, funnily enough I suddenly found the answer! http://www.findaspider.org.au/find/spiders/363.htm Thanks anyway! Cheers, Sven

14 August, 2010:
Hello! please find attached a picture of a very crazy looking spider I found in Australia! Took this picture in the rainforest north of Cairns! The body of this spider was about 3cm long. What kind of spider is this??? Couldn't find anything even looking similar in encyclopaedias or the internet... If you need more pictures or details, just ask me! Thank you! and many greetings from Austria, Sven

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3 May, 2010:
Any idea what this spider is? It's tiny and appears to like hanging onto the chive blossom Iíve enjoyed your website. Thanks! Carolyn
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24 February, 2010:
Glen, In trying to identify my spider, I stumbled upon your excellent site. Please find pictures of the spider (with a bee it has caught) attached. I think this is a white crab spider. Is this correct? The pictures were taken in a friend's garden in Randfontein (near Johannesburg) South Africa. Please feel free to use the pictures on your site. Best regards, Patrick
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11 December, 2009:
This spider was AWESOME.

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2 December, 2009:
Found this awesome crab spider striking a pose for the camera!MC

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16 November, 2009:
I HOPE YOU CAN USE SOME OF MY PICTURES ON YOUR WEBSITE! MC

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2 November, 2009:
Thank You! Perhaps you can help me out with something else. I have been keeping tabs on this little spider that is fascinating me. I have been watching it catch flies and a lot of other little behaviours. Today, I noticed another little spider on the belly of my white spider and wondered if it was a normal behaviour for other spiders to sit on each other or if this is actually an offspring. What do you think? Katherine

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26 October, 2009:
Hi, I found this spider in my back yard and am curious what kind it is. Could you tell me? Thanks, Katherine

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26 July, 2009:
I found this guy hunting on top of a daisy in Olympia, WA (Pacific Northwest) lastMonday, July 13th, 2009. Took some three hundred pics with my macro lens. I think it is a crab spider. I caught him trying to catch all kids of prey, some successfully, and some not quite so.  Devin

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6 May, 2009:
here is that photo

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21 October, 2008:
I found this one on my car in Los Angeles! Can't find any pictures anywhere online, & have never seen one here before

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29 February, 2007:
Hi Glen, some photos of a Crab Spider I found in a Frangipani flower in Jakarta. Possibly a Thomisus sp. I based my guess on this page:
Frank, Melbourne

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30 September, 2007:
Glen, Ellen, here. I think Cathy is right, this was never sent to you. One thing about the strange weather we have had for several years, is the species and their habitat are changing too. In this case the plant the spider is holed up in has not been seen in two years, nor has the spider. Enjoy, use it or share it as you wish. Ellen

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5 August 2007:
I saw this little spider on a tiny petal of a tiny flower on out table. I had my macro lens with me and even that doesn't do justice to how little it was. It seemed to be almost clear and I was curious if you know what this is. Thanks  Stacie


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27 July, 2007:
Glen, I thought you might be able to use these on your site. Rick Miller
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24 July, 2007:
Hi there... I took this picture today thinking it was a moth, but after I got it on  the computer I realized it was a spider. In trying to find out what kind it was, my wife found your website. After some research and
comparing photos, we think it's a Goldenrod Crab Spider. Is that correct? I don't know if you are interested or not, but here's the best
pic (cropped) that I got. Thanks, J-D, (New Brunswick Canada). Picture taken July 22nd, 2007.

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6 June 2007:
Dear Glen, thank you your web-page helped me in identifying this spider
sergiu P.S. (photos were taken at the Black Sea shore in Romania)

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18 September, 2006:
Here are a few more spiders I've found in my yard today. I'm loving this new camera!! Hope you can use them on your website!
Sheila
Savannah, GA
USA

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6 August, 2006:
Hi! This Crab Spider was aggressively defending its Wild Rose. I was not trying to shoot the spider, but it insisted. It was very possessive of
that flower. It was the flower I was trying to shoot. The Wild Rose bushes grow along the railroad tracks next to the Fox River in Elgin, IL U.S.A.. I decided to take a shot of this nice Wild Rose specimen, but the spider wasn't willing to give it up. There were other weeds and wild grasses in the shot that I had to clear away before taking the shot. As I did, the spider moved to whatever side of the flower that I
was closest to. I swear, if it could talk, I would have heard, "Take off! Get lost! Go find your own flower! This one's mine." Even as I took the shot, as you can see, the spider had its dukes up,
as if ready to punch my lights out, given the chance. Yet, I knew it really had no designs against me. If it wanted to jump on me, my hands were within an inch of it several times, and it certainly could have. I think it just wanted me to leave its flower alone. This shot was taken with a Kodak Z740 digital camera. I used Paint Shop Pro to embellish it in the form of added, or, rather, duplicated rose sprigs to cover up other areas of the background that were empty or too dark, (or contained weeds I didn't finish removing). The spider and the rose it is on are pretty much as they were, except I brought up the color saturation of the rose just a bit to show off its pink features. Thank you for keeping up such a wonderful AND INFORMATIVE web site. Have Fun! Clarence

 

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6 August, 2006:
Spider mabey? It was eating a baby wasp or something along that line

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16 July, 2006:
Good morning, I found this on my Hibiscus leaf this afternoon. It went into attack mode, raising its front legs every time I got close to it. Is it just an albino version of a common spider? What is it? Thank you, Laurie Bachman , Metamora, IL

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8 July, 2006:
Love your web site and thought I would send this to you. Yesterday, I went out to pick some roses and thought I had a dead rose among these, but there was a bumblebee. He stayed right there until I brought it to the house. It was on what was left of a dead rose and his antenna was moving, so I thought he was living. Well, I cut off the dead rose and the bumblebee seemed to be stuck on it. I put the other roses in a vase and then discovered a spider. It must have gotten to the bumblebee and had it paralized. It was just a thin little thing and almost transparent with white legs. It had a very small red head, I thought, but not so on the picture. Maybe the red was a reflection of the rose or because he had taken a bite out of the bumblebee. Can you tell me what kind of spider it is. It is somewhere in the house because I wanted its picture and when I went to put the camera up, it disappeared, I hope, somewhere on the roses. Now I feel itchy just thinking about it.
Mary Ellen Thorpe in the mountains of western PA , 16613
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3 July, 2006:
Attached is a photo of an all white spider, I wonder what kind it is, is it dangerous. I found it in Hedley BC Canada and it was amongst white flowers on a bush. I almost did not see it. If you dont know what it is please send it to someone who might be able to identify it. thanks. Merilyn

 
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3 July, 2006:
Hi there. I was out in the backyard admiring some snapdragon flowers we have, and I was about to touch a petal when I spotted a pale green/white spider there. A few days passed, and as I was looking online to ID different spider, which turned out to be a fisher spider, or one of the type that look like them, when I came across your great site. After looking through your site, I had an urge to go back and find that pale green/white spider, take some pics, and send them to you to see if you could shed any light on what kind it is? Thanks, Shea Evans

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3 October, 2005:
Hello,

I found this crab spider on my orange tree here in southern California it has a somewhat scary Halloween marking on it's back
 

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6 September, 2005:
A coworker found this spider on his car antana as he got something out of his truck. It was very small. Can you tell us anything about it?
 

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11 November, 2004:
Found your sit eon the net while looking for spider pictures. I took this picture of a hummingbird moth last May or June and forgot about it until I got a new printer and was trying it out.  Any idea of what it may be? I live in southeastern Pennsylvania. Its on a Butterfly bush. Thatís about all of the info I have. I am into wildlife (have degrees in Forestry and Wood Products) but I work, use my camera and spare time for motorcycle stunting. Thanks for any help
Clint

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18 July, 2004:
Found this little fellow on an orchid that blew off a plant in the wind. All I could see at first was the moth then noticed the silk coming off it and then the tiny white and translucent crab spider. I moved it onto another yellow orchid where it could live for a bit longer. Click for a larger view.

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16 June, 2003:
This is a species of Crab Spider, found with a fly on a Zinnia last  summer. This spider had trash service! Ants would come by and clear away  all the fly husks on a daily basis.

barb
 

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10 March, 2002:
On studying a neighbour's roses I wondered why a bee appeared to be stuck in the petals of one of them. On closer inspection, we found this beautiful white spider firmly attached to the bee, trying to make a meal of it. I suspect it is a crab spider (flower spider) from the shape of its abdomen. Click the photo for a larger view.

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