Crab Spider Xysticus

Crab Spider – Xysticus species

Crab Spider - Xysticus

Early spring (April 3) crab spider hides in crocus flower

This tiny (4mm) crab spider is actively hunting, much like a wolf spider or jumping spider. Crab spiders are known for their oversized front legs and resemblance to the familiar crustacean seafood item. The term flower spider comes from their habit of lying in wait on flowers, much like the assassin bug or numerous other opportunistic predators.

Other species in Thomisidae have brightly colored camouflage which makes them nearly invisible when lying in wait on or near flowers.

Crab spider

Like all spiders, crab spiders go through a simple metamorphosis.  Young crab spiders hatch from eggs and look like tiny adults.  They shed their skin as they grow.  Most live for less than 1 year.  Females produce hundreds of eggs in the fall, and the offspring hatch in the spring.

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