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Crab Spider - Coriarachne versicolor - On Mint by MotherNature

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This kind of crab spider looks like a tank – sturdy, tough, and something not to mess with. Although they aren’t big spiders, they can capture prey as large as a Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly and hold on until it’s subdued. I have seen this for myself. This one has a geometer caterpillar for a meal.

This looks to be a female; the girls are larger than the boys and overall meaner looking:>) These are ambush hunters – no webs – and they hide in a place where they can easily dash out and grab a meal that just happens along.

This picture was taken in Green Lane, Pennsylvania, USA, on May 19, 2011.

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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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  • leonie7
    leonie7over 1 year ago

    OUTSTANDING Capture Wow well done love it lee

  • I am so pleased you like it, Leonie7:>) Thank you!

    – MotherNature

  • And many thanks for the FAVE

    – MotherNature

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 1 year ago

    Is that a caterpillar the spider is clutching? Great capture

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 1 year ago

    Ignore that last question, I’ve just read your description – amazing!

  • LOL – they are voracious eaters! The females also stay with their eggs until they hatch – protecting them from predators.

    – MotherNature

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 1 year ago

    OMG! this creepy creature found a good lunch. another cool shot in my arachnid group. great find ;)

  • These look like hard customers for sure:>) Thanks:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekover 1 year ago

    Terrific close-up and detail ~ great info too … poor butterflies!

  • Thank you, Susie:>). They are built to survive!

    – MotherNature

  • Yannik Hay
    Yannik Hayover 1 year ago

    Awesome capture :) I wouldn’t want to see a specimen like that in my yard ;)

  • They are relatively small and I’d bet you do have them, or something very close:>) Don’t worry – you’re a lot bigger than they are and they’ll run. LOL

    – MotherNature

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 1 year ago

    Fabulous capture,…..She looks like a tough guy,…..

  • If a fearsome appearance assures a long life – she’s going to grow to be very old! Thanks so much for the lovely comment and treasured fave, John!

    – MotherNature

  • Adam Le Good
    Adam Le Goodover 1 year ago

    Nice. I know how tiny these guys are. Well done

  • Thank you Adam – both for the nice comment and for taking time to drop by

    – MotherNature

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 1 year ago

    beautiful shot!

  • Thank you for this honor, Manon! I’m always so pleased to have an image chosen for a feature – look at all the beautiful company I get to keep:>)

    – MotherNature

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