Sunday, July 20, 2014

White-Banded Crab Spider

So, yeah - that was definitely one crabby-looking spider. Kinda hermit-crab like and definitely eye-catching. This intriguing fellow was on the butterfly bush off the front portico. First time and last time (to date) that I've seen one of these guys. 

FAMILY: Thomisidae (Crab Spiders). 

"Stocky build and laterigrade fore legs, crab spiders are one of the most recognizable families in North America. They are found in a wide variety of habitats, from tree bark and leaf litter to flower heads." Field Guide to the Spiders of California and the Pacific Coast States

10/12/12 White-Banded Crab Spider (Misumenoides formosipes) on a butterfly bush off the front portico. Foggedabout web spinning, cuz these bad boys/girls like ambushing their prey instead. The pattern on the abdomen, at least to me, looks eerily like a laughing Chinese opera mask.

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