Crab Spiders

Crab spider. Photo credit: Joseph BergerCrab Spiders

Scientific name: Misumenoides formosipes (Walckenaer), redbanded crab spider
(Araneae: Thomisidae)

Facts: Crab spiders have two pairs of legs projecting forward. This gives them a crab-like appearance and thus the name. Some crab spiders are yellow or white and sit up on flowers where they wait for prey. Other species are dull colored and are commonly found under bark.

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