Saturday, May 16, 2009

Crab in the Christmas tree

I spotted this chap on one of our Christmas trees. Seeing its pale, almost translucent body, I thought it was a dead and dried spider, but later realised that it was quite alive.



Belonging to the Thomisidae family, and commonly known as crab spiders, they look and move like crabs. I'm used to seeing spiders either scuttle around or jump about, so it was quite an interesting sight to see this little guy walk sideways!

Unlike our argiope friends, crab spiders do not build webs. They are hunters, who like to hide in flowers and ambush their prey.



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