Wildlife of Henry W. Coe State Park
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Crab Spider
Thomisidae


The front legs of crab spiders are longer than the hind legs, and are used
for catching insects which venture too near.  They often hide on flowers,
and can change color to match the flower color, though this may take
several days.

This one, perched on a petal of a White Mariposa, has caught a fly.
The latter is apparently already dead or paralyzed since it is being held
only by the fangs and palps of the spider. (Palps are short leg-like appendages
at the head used for manipulating food.)

Detail of image below.

Middle Ridge, June 1977.

Photograph copyright Ó Dave Hildebrand.
Used with permission.



Wider view of top image.

Photograph copyright Ó Dave Hildebrand.
Used with permission.


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Wildlife of Henry Coe State Park