Crab Spider (Thomisidae) on Mint by MotherNature

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As with just about everything in nature, the variety of sizes, shapes, and colors is amazing. Crab spiders are ambush hunters, lying in wait for an unsuspecting meal to come within reach. They don’t use capture webs. These spiders can catch and hold prey as large as a swallowtail butterfly.


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I love nature, science, poetry, prose, art, music – you name it! Now that I’m retired, time is mine to spend as I wish (pretty much), and I wish to take pictures of our natural world.

Bringing the outdoors in for others to see, especially those who may not get the opportunity to wander next to a pond, fish at the beach, or tramp in the woods, is a pleasure. I hope to build a window to the wonders of nature that fill our everyday lives.

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  • Kate Farkas
    Kate Farkasover 3 years ago


  • Thank you, Kate!

    – MotherNature

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 3 years ago

    just knwing how small the blooms are on mint? This is just gorgeous. She’s definately a beauty

  • It’s so nice when someone loves the plants and critters that aren’t “cute” in a teddy bear kind of way – thank you.

    – MotherNature

  • Russell Couch
    Russell Couchover 3 years ago

    Stunning capture nice macro work!!!

  • Thank you, Russell. Mint attracts all manner of insects and arachnids so we keep plenty growing. She is quite the beauty queen, isn’t she, her color for the day being that soft green.

    – MotherNature

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 3 years ago

    This is fabulous. Superb image.

  • Thank you!

    – MotherNature

  • valandsnake
    valandsnakeover 3 years ago

    fab macro capture, well done.

  • Again, many thanks. She is the ultimate ambush hunter.

    – MotherNature

  • Rusty Katchmer
    Rusty Katchmerover 3 years ago

    Amazing capture!!!

  • High praise coming from such an accomplished photographer! Thanks.

    – MotherNature

  • davvi
    davviover 3 years ago

    great capture.I like crab spider,too.

  • Thank you!

    – MotherNature

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you for accepting my 3 images into the group – so glad I found it!

    – MotherNature

  • Tim Devine
    Tim Devineabout 3 years ago

    Wow, great capture! Love the greens in this shot and the smooth texture of the spider against the intricate texture of the mint is striking, an instant fave!

  • Love those spiders! All the others, too – can’t play favorites. Which leads me to thank you, once again, for the favorite:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • This is, indeed, exciting and I’m honored. Thank you!

    – MotherNature

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