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Spider Photos - Crab Spiders

Here's some photos 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.

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Unidentified Spiders 2014 Unidentified Spiders 2013 Unidentified Spiders 2012
Unidentified Spiders 2011 Unidentified Spiders 2010 Unidentified Spiders 2009 (1)
Unidentified Spiders 2009 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2008 (1) Unidentified Spiders 2008 (2)
Unidentified Spiders 2007 (1) Unidentified Spiders 2007 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2007 (3)
Unidentified Spiders 2006 (1) Unidentified Spiders 2006 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2006 (3)
Unidentified Spiders 2005 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2005 (3) Unidentified Spiders 2005 (1)
Unidentified Spiders 2004 (1) Unidentified Spiders 2004 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2003
Unidentified Spiders 2002 Unidentified Spiders 2001  
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Ghost Spider Giant House Spider Golden Orb Weavers
Grass spiders/Funnel Weavers Ground Spiders Hacklemesh Weavers
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Net casting Spider Nursery Web Spiders Parson Spiders
Pirate Spiders Pseudoscorpion Purseweb Spider
Red & Black Spiders Redback Spiders Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spiders
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Solfugids/Camel Spiders Southern House Spiders Spider Tats
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Two Spined Spiders Venusta Orchard Spiders Wandering Spiders
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Woodlouse Hunters Yellow & Broad faced Sac Spiders Zoropsis spinimana
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31 December, 2014:
Hi Glen Thanks for the stunning site! We found this pink crab spider in the New Germany Nature Reserve in Durban, South Africa. I dont see one like it on your site. I have never seen anything like it with the pink and white stipes! Enjoy!! Charmaine and Dirk.


14 December,  2014
Hi Glen, Got these two spiders from the garden (Berwick, Melbourne). Not sure of the species of the darker one, but I'm thinking the green one belongs to the Thomisidae family possibly a juvenile Diaea evanida based on its cephalothorax, but having trouble finding a match for the abdomen colouration (red on the posterior abdomen). Hoping you can help. I liked your FB page by the way. Thanks in advance. Look forward to hearing from you.

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18 September, 2011:
Hi Glen, please could you identify this spider for me. I was recently on holiday in Lanzarote (end August) and it fell out of my beach towel which I had hanging over a washing line overnight outside. I'm sorry it's not too clear so I will try to describe it - it is almost translucent tan in colour, with a pink body which is round with what looks like 2 horns on the top. It was about 1 1/2 cm in length head to end of body. I have never seen a spider in Lanzarote before and I have been coming here every year for the last 20 years. Many thanks, Leigh

26 July, 2009:
Hi, I keep finding these spiders in my house; could you please help me identify them? I would just like to be certain they're not brown recluses. Their behavior doesn't seem to fit, as I have seen these spiders marching right across the bathroom floor when the lights had been on for some time. I usually do see them at night, but still in open and brightly lit areas. I have four pictures, two of each spider. One of them has already been squished, sorry. It startled me. The other one reminds me a bit of a crab. Both are pretty small, less than the size of a dime. I live in central Oklahoma. Any help in identifying these would certainly help me sleep easier! Thanks! Julie

18 August,  2008:
This spider is in my garden in denver and I absolutely love it. Just wondering what it might be and if you are familiar with it great and if not and can find someone who is, that be good. She or he has created a kingdom (queendom?) in my garden and I'm really enjoying watching her/him and taking pictures. This is a supermodel in the making, no doubt. Thanks!

29 July,  2008:
Hi Glen, These Crab Spiders really like my carnivorous plants. The thin-looking one was on my Yellow Pitcher plant, and the other one was on my Venus' Flytrap flower stem. There is only one really good shot, but I thought you'd at least like to see them all. Feel free to use them if you want. --Damy


29 June, 2008:
Hi Glen, I had these pictures lined up to e-mail you a couple of weeks ago, but I somehow omitted them! (I think.) There is one picture of what I guess is some kind of Crab Spider on my Yellow Pitcher Plant, guarding the lid. Also, there is an underside shot of some kind of narrow-bodied Orb Weaver. Feel free to use the pictures if you want. --Damy


30 August, 2007:
Hi, I was trying to identify this spider when I came across your website. I think he's a Crab Spider, however, I haven't seen another one quite like it. Could you help me identify him? Thanks! Lisa

11 August, 2007:
i have no clue what this is but i took pics of it the put it in a container with a crab spider and it ate it it had babies i dont know if it was trying to protect them or what thanks melvin moore, ada oklahoma

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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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11 May, 2007:
First Id like to say you have a great website, I frequent it often. Im sending you a few pictures of a small little monster I found in my home one evening. I thought it was a Wolf spider when I was photographing it, however I was wrong. I live in Colorado and have come across many spiders but none like this one.Id say this one was inch long. I put him outside after taking these shots. Enjoy! Any clue as to its identity? Thanks Jason