Who wanders about the ground, explores on plants, or climbs atop flowers to ambush prey?
It’s this little spider who has a body measurement of only 9 mm.-
The Flower Crab Spider Misumena vatia
This spider is appropriately named; it resembles a very tiny crab in many ways:
- its front legs are out-stretched to the sides
- the body is short and broad
- movement can change between forward, backwards, and sideways
- this species does not spin webs, retreats, or over-wintering nests, but, instead, wanders about.
The flowers in our garden last summer were well-patrolled by this small spider, and others like him, who preyed on pesky aphids. Those are terrific, tiny spiders!
Weekly Photo Challenge: ” Tiny “