Flower Crab Spider

With super long front legs, this flower crab spider can nab any unsuspecting bug.

Flower Crab Spider 2 | Alice Mary Herden | April 13
Flower Crab Spider 2 | Alice Mary Herden | April 13

Crab spiders do not weave a web, instead, they have a weblike string lines from either petal to petal or flower to flower.

Crab spiders are easily identified due to their long two front legs, some may be all white like the flower crab, some may be all yellow (goldenrod crab spider). They can find them waiting for their next meal on a variety of flowers.  I have seen them on orchids, fleabanes, and yellow flowers; asters.


Links:

https://bugguide.net/node/view/6749

http://spiderjoe.com/thomisidae.html

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Spiderlings by the hundreds

 

A short photo hike at Big Pine Tract with an incredible find.

Green Lynx Spiderlings

Each egg sac contains hundreds of spiderlings and well defended by their mother.

Green Lynx Spider Babies
Green Lynx Spiderlings ( Spiderlings go through up to 8 instar stages)| Alice Mary Herden | November 18

Mating season in July, eggs are laid in September, hatching and dispersal between November and early January, and growth from January to June.

Green Lynx Spider Babies 2
Green Lynx Spider (Female) guards her nest and will spit venom at any predators 

After going through their instar stages (life stages| molting egg, postembryo..etc), these spiderlings have a long way to go for such a short amount of life, just one year. 

 


Links:

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/green_lynx_spider.htmhttps://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-48_green_lynx_spider.htm

http://www.americanarachnology.org/JoA_free/JoA_v28_n2/arac_28_02_0185.pdf

http://www.americanarachnology.org/JoA_free/JoA_v6_n2/JoA_v6_p147.pdf

Goldenrod Crab Spider

Along with the Green Lynx spider, the Goldenrod crab spider does not weave a web, but created web-like traps around the flower to ambush their prey, hence the long front legs.

Goldenrod Crab Spider
Goldenrod Crab Spider | Alice Mary Herden

Goldenrod crab spiders can change coloration, either to yellow or to white depending on the flower they are at. A female, sad to say, after she lays her eggs she dies.


Links

https://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.asp?identification=Goldenrod-Crab-Spider