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Northern Crab Spider - Thomisidae

The Crab Spiders have always been amongst my favorites. They are generally lay and wait hunters, pouncing on wayward prey. They are very responsive to a finger pointed at them and will turn to face it or run to avoid being touched. The Crab Spiders catch their prey by pouncing on it rather than with a web. The Crab Spiders change colors to match their surroundings. You can see this Crab Spider in a dual color mode. The legs in the tube flowers of this Erigeron are yellow like the flowers. The legs in the ray flowers are blue, and dang but this spider is doing all it can to be blue.

Northern Crab Spider

Northern Crab Spider showing an ability to hide over two colors yellow and blue. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.