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Gotta Love Those Crab Spiders!

A crab spider nails a lygus bug, a pest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gotta love those crab spiders! We've seen them ambushing prey, eating prey and looking for more prey. They're members of...

A crab spider nails a lygus bug, a pest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A crab spider nails a lygus bug, a pest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A crab spider nails a lygus bug, a pest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This green bottle fly met its fate, compliments of a crab spider. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This green bottle fly met its fate, compliments of a crab spider. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This green bottly fly met its fate, compliments of a crab spider. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A crab spider tucked inside a zinnia blossom awaits prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A crab spider tucked inside a zinnia blossom awaits prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A crab spider tucked inside a zinnia blossom awaits prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 5:20 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Spider Alert! Meet a Little Charmer

Spider alert! Spider alert! Some folks request a "spider alert" because they cringe in horror when they see an image of the eight-legged...


"Well, hello there!" A mature male crab spider, likely a Missumessus species (Thomisidae, crab spider) as identified by UC Davis Professor Jason Bond, peers at the camera from his Tithonia post. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Well, hello there!" A mature male crab spider, likely a Missumessus species (Thomisidae, crab spider) as identified by UC Davis Professor Jason Bond, peers at the camera from his Tithonia post. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


"Hey, I'll pose for a side view." A male crab spider scuttles around on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Hey, I'll pose for a side view." A male crab spider scuttles around on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


"Is this my best side?" The male crab spider strikes a "pose" for the camera. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Is this my best side?" The male crab spider strikes a "pose" for the camera. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


"Watch me, I shall do my vanishing act!" The crab spider moves out of the photographer's view. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Watch me, I shall do my vanishing act!" The crab spider moves out of the photographer's view. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 2:17 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Yard & Garden

Everybody Eats in the Pollinator Garden

A crab spider, on a Mexican sunflower, eating a green bottle fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Everybody eats in the pollinator garden. That includes crab spiders that sprawl atop a flower, flatten themselves, and wait, oh, so patiently, for...

A crab spider, on a Mexican sunflower, eating a green bottle fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A crab spider, on a Mexican sunflower, eating a green bottle fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A crab spider, on a Mexican sunflower, eating a green bottle fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A crab spider, on a blanketflower, eating a female Halictus tripartitus, as identified by Robbin Thorp, UC Davis distinguished professor of entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A crab spider, on a blanketflower, eating a female Halictus tripartitus, as identified by Robbin Thorp, UC Davis distinguished professor of entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A crab spider, on a blanketflower, eating a female Halictus tripartitus, as identified by Robbin Thorp, UC Davis distinguished professor of entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A crab spider, on a spent blanketflower (Gaillardia) eating a honey bee. It is joined by
A crab spider, on a spent blanketflower (Gaillardia) eating a honey bee. It is joined by "freeloader flies," family Milichildae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A crab spider, on a spent blanketflower (Gaillardia) eating a honey bee. It is joined by "freeloader flies," family Milichildae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 5:36 PM
 
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