Friday, July 31, 2009

Ground Crab Spider (Xysticus sp.)

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While similar to the brightly colored flower crab spiders, Ground Crab Spiders tend to have shorter, sturdier legs and more patterned abdomens. This one happened to have a pronounced dent on the frontal abdomen, a characteristic I have found on many Xysticus spiders. They move slowly (hah, unless you are trying to photograph them), and tend to hunt by stationing themselves in a high-traffic area and grabbing whatever insect or spider passes close enough.

They do not build webs, and instead rely completely on ambush. I found this guy hiding in the siding cracks on my garage, waiting for something to pass by.

Raynox DCR-150 and Raynox DCR-250 stacked and mounted on my Panasonic Lumix FZ8.

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