Flower crab spider
3-4mm - male
When to seeBetween May and August
AboutUnlike many spiders, flower crab spiders don’t spin webs to trap insects. Instead they ambush their prey, often laying in wait on foliage for unsuspecting bees, moths and other insects that come to feed on flowers. The male is smaller than the female and, unlike the female, cannot change their colouration.
How to identifyThe flower crab spider has a globular abdomen, sometimes with spots or lines. They can change their colour to match their surroundings but often appear white. Their front legs are longer and stronger than their back legs. Primarily daytime feeders, these spiders are easiest to spot outdoors between April and September.
DistributionMost common in the south of the UK
Did you know?This group of spiders get its name from the crab-like way the front legs are arranged as well as being able to run sideways.
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