Oregon, United States
Over the next few days I ran into several more crab spiders and did some reading. They are called crab spiders because their two pairs of especially long front legs give them a crab-like appearance. Instead of spinning a web, they are ambush predators, i.e. they wait for prey to come along and grab. Sometimes they wait in the same spot for days, even weeks. Some crab spiders gradually change color to match their surroundings. I soon find there are over 200 species of crab spiders just in North America, so there is little chance I’ll figure out exactly which spider I found, but I do know from the fat abdomen that it is female. The males are much slimmer.
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